wont start on 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan

i have a 2000 dodge caravan i was driving and had the hot air on and it started to blow cold i noticed that the temp gage went in the red then i lost horse power to the van and then it killed and it has fluid and the belts are ok but it wont start

by in Racine, WI on January 26, 2011
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2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by , January 26, 2011
from your description, it sounds like you blew a head gasket from overheating and the motor has coolant in the cylinders. you need a shop to check out the damage and make sure they find the source of the overheating. the problem you have now is the result of the problem. Roy
COMMENT by , January 26, 2011
now it would blow the head gasket if i only drove it about a mile after the temp gage went up, and when i took the coolant cap off the coolant wasnt realy that hot . is their a censor that would keep the car from starting if it got to hot and that i would have to reset ? thanks for your time
COMMENT by , February 28, 2015
my 1996 just did same thing.. after only driving few blocks.. now im being told to fix the head gasket I blew.. need to replace engine.. wow
ANSWER by , May 17, 2011
It sounds like your motor got very hot. Usually when a warm heater starts to blow cold it means you have lost enough fluid that the heater core will no longer transfer heat because there is not fuid for heat exchange. Pull the dip stick out and check the oil to see if it looks thick and creamy. If so you have a blown head gasket. This could result in enough lost compression to prevent you car from starting. I'm not a mechanic and don't claim to be. That being said the above is worth checking into. Hope this helps.