96' ford taurus overheating
I bought a 96' ford taurus about 6 months ago and about 5 months ago, the heat gauge in the dash went up to the red part and it has been doing it ever since but i did not experience any symptoms of the car overheating or anything, so i thought the gauge was broke, so i kept driving the car and everything was fine.
Until me and my friend decided to go on a road trip to seattle, we made it about 20 minutes on the highway and then the car overheated and had to get it towed home.
So my dad, friend and I looked at the car the next day and saw that there was NO antifreeze/coolant in the resovior. So we simply put some coolant in it and started it up and it worked fine (no overheating), so i drove the car around a little and when i was finished, i stopped and got out and it was leaking coolant all over te ground (a lot, maybe a quart or more). But i had to get home so i drove the car home anyway and the car started to get really weak, and i had to put the accelerator all the way down to even accelerate a little, i had to go like 20 mph all the way home.
So later that day we realized that there was a crack in the coolant resovior.
So far i have done the following:
-new coolant resovior
-new coolant resovior cap
-i took the whole car apart and checked my water pump and it looked in great condition other than some rust on the inside of the neck.
i think i might have a blown head gasket? but im not sure.
any help would be great, thanks.
(the car is a V6 3.0 L Ford Taurus GL 96')