i have a 2001 grand am se loosing fluid from the overflow tank fans don't appear to be on
Probably a bad thermostat. Are the radiator hoses ok? Make sure they're not collapsed. Hopefully it's not a head gasket.
hoses seem ok shouldn't fans be on , how does one know if head gasket is gone
Yes the fans should be on but you have much bigger problems. Check your thermostat and water pump. As far as a blown head gasket pull your oil dipstick and see if it's overfull and foamy.
dipstick is clean no sign of moisture in oil
Ok thats good. Then you need to look at changing the thermostat and/or the water pump.
if you are worried about a head gasket, you can also do a combustion leak test on the radiator. NAPA sells a kit, and there are some good videos on how to do it. the kit is about 40 bucks tho, so trans ams idea about starting with the stat is the best.
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