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Car overheats within 10 to 15 minutes after starting

Never had a problem with overheating until my serpentine belt broke. After I had it changed, I've been having this overheating problem. So far the thermostat has been changed but this has not solved the problem. I heard it could be the head gaskets. But how do you determine if they are bad? Please help. Thank you in advance!!!

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Click on my screenname, go to the Tips and Tricks, and read the one about burping the cooling system - that often fixes overheating.

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