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2003 pt cruiser, overheating, losing water , no water in oil,no visible leaks

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Blowed head gasket or cracked or warped head-- that year was bad

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1) I'd be suspicious of a bad head gasket with a possible leak between a cylinder and the water jacket.
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Hope this helps with the overheating problem... Good luck!

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