2006 Chrysler Sebring Antifreeze over flow is smoking

Tiny
BROWN1012
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  • 2006 CHRYSLER SEBRING
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 137,359 MILES
I changed my thermostat twice in maybe 2 weeks and the housing on 8-8-15 due to the housing was bad causing it to leak antifreeze and over heat. Now that it is replaced the heating gage is not going hot but we I drove it today for 10-15 minutes and iit started to smoke. I looked under the hood and the over flow antifreeze tank was spilling a bit but it was still full. As of now I really don't know if I blew my head gasket and this is why it's running hot but the heating gave is not going past half(the heating gage works because I see it moving). Someone told me to get a pressure test but I'm not sure if that will tell me the problem internally and not just spend money. Plus I don't want to have a process of elimination of what might be the problem thats taking money out my pocket I don't have. Now the fans are coming on and in 8-8-15 it did run hot maybe 4-5 times each time I let it set and cool down but that was before the housing was changed (which was causing it to leak and the hose was loose).
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Monday, August 10th, 2015 AT 6:51 AM

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Tiny
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Have it pressure checked for a head gasket you are probably very low on fluid as well due to temp gauge not working.
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Monday, August 10th, 2015 AT 7:02 AM
Tiny
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If your priority is to get an accurate diagnosis the first time then I suggest you have it diagnosed by a professional in your area. You may have a blown head gasket but we can't tell you that. It requires some chemical testing and even then it's often inconclusive.
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Monday, August 10th, 2015 AT 7:03 AM
Tiny
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What kind of shop to go get a diagnostic test? Will that still be a pressure teat?Will it tell me whatever is going on under the hood where a mechanic can fix it? If its a blown head gasket is that expensive for the part and labor?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 AT 7:43 AM
Tiny
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Pressure check would always be the first step and if that is inconclusive, then they would move onto other chemical testing.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 AT 7:52 AM
Tiny
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I have a blown head gasket does that mean I will have to get a new engine or can it be fixed?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 AT 10:36 AM
Tiny
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There would be some risk to fixing it. Most people elect to go with a used engine for reliability reasons. You just never know the degree of damage caused.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 AT 11:01 AM
Tiny
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Check oil. If cloudy, blown head gasket. Oil in coolant also indicates. Your prob may have come from you not bleeding out. Do job, drive 4 blocks, crack bleeder on Coolant Outlet Bleeder Housing. Repeat until nothing but a stream of water comes out. Your gauge not reading was due to no water circulating through bleeder.
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Saturday, September 12th, 2015 AT 4:05 PM

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