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Engine overheating ,and losing water ,but not into exhaust,or oil

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2001 blazer overheated now knocks and runs bad

Hi Wendy, hope I am wrong but it sounds like a cracked head or blown head gasket.
If the engine hasn't been started in a couple hours pull the engine oil dipstick and look at the oil level. If the oil level is over the full mark you likely have water in the bottom of the oil pan. Milky/semi-white oil on the dipstick would indicate the same. If the oil looks good and at or below the full level look in the water overflow for the radiator. Any sign of oil or milky looking foam is an indication of oil in the water from cracked head/block or blown head gasket. If both the water and oil look good start the engine, let it warm up and look to see if you have water coming out of the exhaust pipe. It is normal to see some water come out of the exhaust after starting a cold engine due to condensation in the muffler and catalytic converter but a healthy engine should have only a slight amount of water vapor coming out of the exhaust. Anything more would indicate a cracked head/block or blown head gasket.

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Water coming out the exhaust

Water out of the exhaust is a natural by product of the catalytic process that occurs in your converter. A lot of water coming out the exhaust is NOT normal and indicates a possible head gasket problem.Watch you engine temperature gauge for overheating.The only way to know 100% is to have a mechanic pressure test your cooling system. Good Luck

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How would i know if i have a cracked block on my cavalier

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    Check your oil and antifreeze for contamination. If your oil or antifreeze looks different in any way, have it tested by a lab to determine if contamination has occurred.

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    Check the level of fluid in your radiator. If your car suddenly loses a lot of coolant or the level is very low, this can indicate a cracked block.

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    Check the radiator's coolant mixture of antifreeze and water to determine if it has frozen.

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    Check to see if the engine has overheated severely. Overheating can be caused by another engine problem, but the effect of the overheating can be a cracked block.

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    White smoke coming out of exhaust, engine not overheating loss of power does not appear to be losing water

    White smoke from the exhaust is a sign of coolant entering the combustion chamber. You say no coolant loss, or overheating. Is there a white foamy substance under the oil cap, & air bubbles escaping from the radiator? If so you have a leak and more than likely it is a blown head gasket. I would have a cooling system pressure test run. Do not continue to drive this Ford in this condition. Something is not right and you need to find out what is going on.

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    Hi there my mini keeps overheating.i have changed the thermostat,radiator and still overheating. the car is not losing any water and there is no traces of water in the oil and no white smoke or water...

    It could be signs of early head gasket failure. I had a subaroo do the same thing, ran great but would boil out water, then it finally blew. Had to replace the engine. It was cheaper than doing the heads. There was no signs of white smoke, no water in oil, just ran hot, some of the time. I don't know if a compression check would help, but what I would do is get it to a radiator shop, they will tell you more than anybody.

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    Losing antifreeze, but I see no leakage on the

    If you are loosing radiator water/antifreeze and you see 'white' smoke out of your exhaust then it is likely that you are seeing steam: this usually indicates that you have a blown cylinder head gasket or have a cracked ylinder head: both situation will cause overheating of your engine. You can also check this situation by waiting until the engine is COLD, opening the radiator cap, refill with clean radiator fluid/water, restart the engine and see if the water as seen in the radiator is violently bubbling. Another condition before even starting the car again is if you see oil/white-brown staining in the radiator fluid caused by cracked cylinder head or gaskets letting engine oil in the radiator circuit. In any case, it is a critical sitation and you should get it checked and fixed immediately.
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    sounds like head gaskets or a cracked head check oil for water

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    1995 Ford Probe, won't turn off...keeps overheating, even after thermostat replacement.

    OK how hot does it get Boiling and loosing all coolant in header tank and radiator/at what milage from filling to stopping because of overheating??????????????????????
    Problems could be blockage in water system (radiator /thermostat in the correct way around/bugs and dust in radiator inner and outer core/water pump faulty (will cause hot top hose and cold bottom of radiator ) or even bottom hot /top cold ..and if all the above is good then your problem is that you have a BLOWN HEAD GASKET and the compression is being forced into the coolant system as the compression is above 110 PSI and can be forced into the coolant area and hot gases cause overheating.....
    Let me know how you get on A.S.A.P Ron

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    Overheating - Not holding water

    Check your engine oil. If there is fluid in it (radiator fluid)....bad.

    Do you have smoke...white (not billowing, but like it disappears)....from the exhaust?....bad....

    Head gasket is bad.

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