Yes, overheating is one of the major causes of head gasket failure.
You will have to get it towed to a garage, have the compression tested.
Check for coolant in the crankcase, which would also indicate a head gasket. Coolant in the oil will wash the oil film from the main bearings and can cause major damage.
If there is no coolant in the oil you may get a break and just change the headgasket(s).
The heads would have to be checked for warpage or cracks.
Saturday, June 21st, 2008 AT 8:08 AM