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What other parts could have been damaged if a 944 was overheated, other than the head gasket?

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Old 05-25-2001, 12:14 PM
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I guess it kinda depends on the degree of heat. A car that has had a head gasket go from temp problems has probable been running as "hot" for some time. The system does not just fail all at once. With this in mind, I would add to the suspect list several other components and a question. First off would be why did it over heat.

Probable causes
waterpump bad
thermostat stuck
bad hose, failure
faulty temp sensor/relay
fan(s) not running, related to sensors
water level, none, bad or poor mix ratio with antifreeze
bad radiator, blockage, hole etc (some of the stop_leak" stuff does more harm than good)
oil-cooler problems
general poor maintenance
karma, sometimes, things happen

parts to look at or to make sure are in good.. condition/replaced during repair...
Waterpump/belts/thermostat/temp-sensor/relays
new water hoses, lower hose runs close to power steering pump pully and sometimes get's cut
check for oil-cooler/water mixing
coolant overflow tank in good condition
radiator condition
Do the fans come on when the AC is running

High temps also kill rubber and plastic lines that run close by. It not like it melts them but the do get some heat damage.

In extreme cases and esp with high mileage cars, you may also have problems with some of the other seals on the block.

The "S" cars, because of the unique cylinder head, have other issues that I am not familiar with...

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What else could have caused a head gasket to go, maybe if it didn't overheat?

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