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Car has been overheating and losing water. So I put a new radiator cap on and thermostat and now it doesn't start, its not smoking.

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Remove the plugs and see if any have water on them If so, you have a blown head gasket. Also check for coolant in the engine oil. Unless you disconnected something while you were working there is no reason for it not to start after doing what you did. Do you know where coolant was leaking out?

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