Ok finally created account after reading for months. For the last 7 months I have been trying to repair my car on my own. Figured it’s a 2001, with only a less than two year old rebuilt engine. I know everything is almost 20 years old and who knows if the engine was even new.
Is my head gasket blown? White smoke only since it’s been cold on startup when really cold out. Car temp go to 3/4, but has never overheated. Ita usually around halfway point and doesn’t really jump up a lot. It all started when I switched my motor resistor and couldn’t get to my thermostat. Went to o’Reilly when it was getting high in temp and worker there had me run car, stop it, and took off radiator cap immediately and of course coolant went everywhere he said oh it’s ok. My heat and air only worked on 5 then went out completely. I changed resistor then worked on 4 and 5 then went out. Fuse was bad and changed the control panel and when changing it the on/off knob was sizzling when I pulled it apart. My oil cap isnt milky. I had a quar too much oil in it and just drained it all, but it didn’t look real dirty. Is this a blown gasket, could it be my thermostat? I haven’t had heat all winter and it’s been cold in Indiana. I drained my radiator and engine. Going to auto zone in 5 hours to get oil, coolant, and head seal blown gasket to pour in coolant tank. In the mean time I am changing thermostat and putting heater/AC control panel back on. Sorry it’s so long wanted all the information I could give and you guys to know I am not the dumbest, but definitely not the smartest car mechanic. I appreciate any feedback and advice. I am just tired of taking it to shops and paying outrageous labor prices when I can do it, or it seems like they patch one problem then another pops up. I know the car is old, but it only has 115,000 miles in it…less than 30 on this “new rebuilt” engine. Thanks again