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Old 17 Feb 2017, 09:38 am
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Hey everyone long time no see. Sadly I came back here to ask about an issue.

My '04 Touring Cruiser has been running hot recently. But the thing is, it is only in the morning when it is cold out. By the afternoon its running great. I did some research and I am getting hints that I might have a crack in my head gasket.

20,000 miles ago when I replaced the timing belt, I did the water pump and the thermostat. So I don't believe those could of gone bad again. But who knows.

If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
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Need more information.

Does the PT Cruiser run hot at high speeds and low speeds?

Is the radiator fan both low and high speeds working properly? Have you started the engine when its cold, turn on the A/C to see if the radiator fan automatically comes on?

Are you losing coolant? Are you adding coolant? If so have you done an engine coolant pressure test?

Are you leaking coolant from the bottom of the engine?

Any other details you have checked would help diagnose the problem.
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I'm gonna guess....either your low on coolant or the mixture is wrong & it froze...or the thermostat is bad.
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I'm gonna guess....either your low on coolant or the mixture is wrong & it froze...or the thermostat is bad.
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Your thermostat can go bad if the engine overheats. How far did the temperature gauge go up?
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Not enough info yet.

Any loss of coolant? If not, I would check the thermostat.

Could also be a cracked connector on the fan letting condensation form inside it overnight, not allowing the fan to run properly until it sufficiently warms up to dry it out.
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Old 17 Feb 2017, 12:45 pm
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Your thermostat can go bad if the engine overheats. How far did the temperature gauge go up?
About 3/4 of the way
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About 3/4 of the way
Highway or city driving?
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Highway or city driving?
City. I also had the heater on.
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City. I also had the heater on.
One of your speeds on the radiator fan might not be working properly. With the engine cold, start the engine, turn on the A/C, and see if the radiator fan comes on automatically. The radiator fan not working properly is the most common problem for overheating at city speeds.
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