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The car is not holding water in over flow or radiator. Last night my daughter was driving the car home, (about 25 miles) and half way home the car over heated real badly killing the engine. After coolong engine and adding lots of water, I started car and tried to rev engine up, upon putting car into drive it almost died, I steadily accelerated gaining power and managed to get the car home. It was dark and I still noticed a hose from on the lower bottom right hand side of engine there looks to be a hose that busted loose from the pressure. Could this be a heater hose or what. and what kind of damage are we looking at?

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Overheating can cause major damage, but you will not know until you fix up the major leaks and get it running enough to see if the head or block is cracked. The way to tell if you have damage is if things are mixing together. For example, bubbles of combustion gas coming up in the radiator, coolant smell in the exhaust, oil mixed in the coolant, or coolant mixed in the oil. Let us know if you have more questions.

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Sounds like you had either a bad thermostat or a head gasket leak, either way if it overheated bad enough to stall the engine..damage was deffinitly done,check the oil to see what it looks like..if its milky you will need an engine, if its silver...you will need an engine,if it looks fine try replacing the thermostat,you might get a few more miles out of it if it was the thermostat but most likely not,good luck,hope this helps

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