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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Only way to give you a "dead on" diagnosis would be to do some hands on testing. In general, overheating caused by a cylinder head gasket is accompanied by coolant loss out the tailpipe or into the engine oil. You can have the cooling system dye tested for hydrocarbons. . That would give you a definite answer as to the head gasket condition.
Flushing often is not effective in clearing a radiator. The chemicals that were used in the past have pretty much been banned. Radiator cores are not made from copper or brass either, so chems are generally too mild to work. Flushing simply cleans the core passages that are flowing and goes around the ones that are obstructed. Frontal area on modern vehicles is very small so radiators have very little margin for safety and once partially plugged, will give you problems.
If your electric fan is coming on when it should, and the hydrocarbon test shows no problems, take a second look at the radiator and go from there. Also make sure if the cooling system has bleed valves that all air has been purged.
As far as $2,000 for head gaskets, seems a bit high but if that's the going price in your area, I'd probably not do the job unless the remainder of the car is in exceptional condition.
Posted on Aug 13, 2011
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