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Looking for Kravcar to answer this:\r\n1996 cadillac deville northstar. It overheats very quickly and antifreeze leaks out of the overflow tube. Had a flush & fill and replaced thermostat. A garage did a diagnostic on coolant system, nothing came up, also a pressure test and they said it was fine. They said they ran it for over an hour & drove it with no problems, then we drove it for about an hour, no problem, let it idle for 10mins and temp went up to 260. Now the garage said it was a blown head gasket internally on the exhaust side. No loss of power, runs well. The garage said it wasn't the water pump because the belt is moving, the fan is working. Should we get a 2nd opinion or is it a blown head gasket? Thanks

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Ity sounds like the electric fan is not turning on, if it is only overheating at idle (sitting still) and is not overheating when driving, but any good shop should have already determined this. open the hood while idling, and watch to see if the fan by the radiator turns on when idling, and the temp is going up. if the fan is indeed working, then it may be the head gasket, or it may be a slow-to-open thermostat.

if it is the head gasket, you should notice one of the following symptoms: smoke out the tailpipe- usually white, green or red (depending on your type) coolant dripping from the tailpipe at start-up, murky or bubbly oil from coolant leaking into the oil, or an oily film on top of the coolant from oil leaking into the coolant. a clear water drip from the tailpipe is normal, form condensation, but if the drip is the color of your coolant, then you definitely have a head gasket issue.

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