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Ford Explorer Limited
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

What if my car shuts off from overheating with the oil pressure light on and also has coolant splattered around under the hood and low coolant in the reservoir and i heard tapping after restarting?


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November 03, 2007 10:49PM

I'd be checking the head gasket. Pull the oil dipstick and if the oil is overfull and looks like chocolate milk you need a motor. If it still runs o/k fill up rad and let it run to operating temp with the rad cap off. If it bubbles like a pot of boiling water you have a head gasket problem. You did check for coolant leaks & oil level already??

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I did check the dip stick and it was very low, after some reading i now know that was the cause of the tapping sound. I added some oil, and refilled the then completely empty reservoir. I then turned the car on, waited a bit and added some more antifreeze as the reservoir lowered a bit. My neighbor explained that was due to it circulating back into the system.

There are more problems now with the thermostat, but I believe I should submit a new question.

Thanks for the help :)