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I'm considering buying a whole new engine for my 1997 cavalier cause I blew the head gasket and radiator hose. What could be the cons to this?

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Car in good condition is about $1500 and it will cost you more to fix it with a new engine. Suggest looking around for one that is running and selling yours. Or get a used motor and save over a new motor, they come with a warranty too.

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Some locate junkyards have good low mileage engine around 150 bucks and up, some places will even put engine for you at a reliable rate.

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Are you referring to the top radiator hose that goes into the thermostat housing? If so then yes you have an o-ring seal on the bottom of the thermostat housing.

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You just have to keep checking. Try a new thermostat. Also make sure you have a good radiator cap with a good seal, cause the seal pressurizes you coolant up to about 15 psi. Check if circulation is good: engine running at normal operating temp. (to make sure your thermostat is open), radiator cap off, squeeze top radiator hose closed(use gloves, if necessary) then release, and look in radiator to see if coolant surges when hose is released. Feel your bottom hose. It should be warm to hot, If it's cold, your radiator might need flushing. Check your water pump for signs of leakage (whitish deposits around bottom of pump.) If all checks out, you need to consider a compression test to see if your head gasket needs replacing. Good luck.

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Car overheated and wont start, does crank over, it blew a radiator hose, replaced it, but still wont crank over

Sorry! sounds like this one is too far gone! If it blew the radiator hose off the engine, then the head gaskets or the cylinder head itself has failed. You will quite possibly need a new engine put in your Cavalier.

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My 99 Cavalier keeps steaming and overheating. I have replaced the radiator, lower radiator hose, thermostat, water pump, serpentine belt and heat sensor but it still overheats. I think there is not any...

90's Cavaliers are notorious for problems such as these.

I hate to be the barrier of bad news, but in this case I would suggest that your engine either has a blown head gasket, and/or a warped head.

There is also the possibility that you blew a "soft plug" or cracked the block and that the coolant is leaking out through the base of the engine.

To find out of you have a blown head gasket, you can remove the oil cap from the valve cover and inspect it. If it has a yellow-brown-ish goo that is the consistency of paint, then you definitely have a blown head gasket and coolant has mixed with your oil. Meaning that you likely need an overhall.

You can also check by removing your radiator cap and checking to see if little tiny bubbles come up while the car is running. That is a sign of a compression leak, meaning that you most likely have a crack somewhere in either the cylinder head or the block.

Also, those cars have many very small radiator hoses that are in the middle of the engine and hard to see, find or replace.

In this instance, it sounds like your car has over heated more than 4 times, and once you get to that point you are likely to have fried the engine. This is because the newer engines are mostly aluminum and can't stand that much heat that often.

I would suggest seeking either a new car, or seeking a used engine to replace in your car. A used engine for those is fairly cheap compared to the price of fixing the problems that are likely to have occurred from excessive over heating.

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Blown head gasket how much to repair?

I replaced my whole engine foe $500.00 with a 90 day warranty from junk yard motor ran great and it only had 40,000 miles on it do not wast your time with just the head if you plan to keep the car . good luck

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Try first to fill up the radiator while squeezing the top part of the radiator hose to clear out the air.  Observe once that is done.  this may be caused by a radiator cap that is not sealing the pressure correctly or some parts the cooling system that may let heat escape like radiator hoses that are not secure.  If they all seemed to check out, you may want to have your head gasket checked.

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I have purchased a thermostat, water pump, and radiator. Then after all this a hose blew off, then eventually the radiator had holes in it. I took it back to where I bought the radiator and they replaced...

Sounds like bull sh*t to me. the only thing to look for is constant air bubbles when the engine is hot and the radiator cap is left off
(this would mean you had a leaking head gasket. If there was to much pressure the the radiator cap would leak steam before anything else blows. Are these secondhand radiators your trying? as they sound like rubbish if the hose blew it's most likely from a blocked secondhand radiator which needs to be repaired. Don't trust dodgy car wreckers. cheers

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