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Losing coolant, over heating but no visible external leaking

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Coolant boiling away. In most cases if you had a blown head gasket there would be oil in coolant and or white smoke coming from tail pipe. Check to see if fans r running.

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Check to see if the radiator fan is running. It should run intermittently, to keep the engine cool, and can even run after you turn the key off.
The fan is fed by a relay, a fuse and a thermal sensor.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

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That is a sign of possible blown headgasket

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Hi Dawn it could be the thermostat sticking a quick enough fix. If not this the head gasket might be gone or even a crack in the head. Regards Jim...

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