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I have a 98 taurus that runs hot when I drive up to around 14 miles and my gage goes up to hot and I loose antifreeze out of the container.It doesn't leak until it overheats Also my heater isn't working either but my AC is. My mechanic gave it a quick look and said I PROBABLY have a cracked head.Could it be a thermostat at all since he is assuming it is a cracked head without checking anything else at all?

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It is probably a stuck thermostat. Try replacing the thermostat first, before you let your helpful (to his own wallet, probably) mechanic tear into the engine.

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Yes, always check the thermostat first before suspecting a cracked head. Thermostat is a cheap repair and worth a try. Be sure to check the old thermostat for operation by boiling in water.

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