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If there is overheating and increased coolant replacement on 1997 Grand Prix how can you tell if it is the head gasket or the head itself?

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2015-07-15 19:42:05
2015-07-15 19:42:05

The Quad 4 has alot of head gasket problems. Have the system pressure tested, and or have a block test done to check for exhaust gasses in the cooling system..If the vehicle has overheated recently more likely than not it has a warped head..

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