Why did the coolant reservoir cap blow off and the engine overheat?


Asked by Jun 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM about the 2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Is this a blown head gasket?

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Quite possible, but the thermostat could also have stuck or the radiator flow is restricted. I would recommend taking it to a shop you trust and getting it checked over, they can perform the tests necessary to detect blown head gaskets, poor flow.

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My thoughts exactly. Thanks much...


Definetly have someone check all the radiator components. Run a diagnostic test. It pays to also have a local dealer check it with a minimal inspection fee.

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