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Not only does the temperature rise when in stop and go traffic or when idling for a while, but then, when I start up, the exhaust emits a big white cloud. Is that still a symptom of a coolong fan malfunction?

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I think you have 2 separate problems. The first is very likely a cooling fan malfunction. Unfortunately, a big white cloud of exhaust gases usually means head gasket leakage, which could have been caused by the engine overheating.

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Borrow or Rent a car until resolved

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