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serious troubles ... please advise

so a week ago my tensioner literally exploded and the truck stopped dead and boiled over.. i replaced tensioner and belt and truck still was overheating, i replaced thermostat and the damaged radiator cap and the truck was fine for two days. then it started overheating a little bit again for a day.. then today i noticed it was idling really high when i was sitting at lights. then i figured out only after the truck heats up it idles high. when you first start it its normal. then to top it all off whenever the truck heats up now i get this nice hissing noise and an ungodly amount of antifreeze smelling death steam pours from my vents and leaves a film on my windows and visibility at zero. so i have some guesses of what it could be but i thought you all could help me out too. thanks
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You've gotta give it a little more than 9 min. man. lol Sorry that I am of no use to you.

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i was just keeping it on the home page so it doesnt get lost in the shuffle... if you had the government pumping poison fumes into your car you would flip out too..lol
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then to top it all off whenever the truck heats up now i get this nice hissing noise and an ungodly amount of antifreeze smelling death steam pours from my vents and leaves a film on my windows and visibility at zero. so i have some guesses of what it could be but i thought you all could help me out too. thanks
Heater core?
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Sounds like you blew the heater core.
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1:check the color of your oil when cold.Milky looking?
2:with the engine running and hot , look at the antifreeze reservoir.Any bubbles or is it over flowing?
3:with the engine cold , remove the radiator cap . Any brown/black globs of something floating on the coolant ?

If any of the above I'm sorry to inform you that you probably blew a head gasket.

As for the steam on the windows , that could come from the coolant boiling out and being sucked into the air inlet in the cowl.
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was pretty much my guess (heater core).. how difficult is it to get to anyone?... gasket not good sounding will go look now..
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try this just for now, you should see two hoses going into the firewall in the engine bay (they'll be right next to each other, on the passenger side) pull both of them off and your gonna wanna find some way to connect them. when mine went, i went to home depot and got some copper fittings and pipe and made a u shape connector (soldered them together of course) and it by passed the heater core. if that fixes the problem then you know what it is. depending on how cold it gets where you live, yo might be able to do without it, and it actually help your ac run colder. if you need it, you could just bypass it til it starts to get colder so you could save up for a little bit, its definately not something to try your self, atleast it wasnt on my 97, i took the whole dash out, and still wasnt able to get to it fixed. and i dont think its all that cheap to get fixed.

if that doesnt fix it, which it prob will, your head gasket might need to be replaced, but try the bypass first.
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engine was still warm from driving but when i changed thermostat there was light brown "goo" floating inside. i was going to flush the system but may be worse than just that sounds like
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Your going to have to change out the heater core....never done it but I bet you will have to pull the dash to change it
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is it a stick or an automatic? if its an auto, you might have a small leak, and the trans fluid could be leaking into the radiator, or the head gasket could be shot, switch out the fluid, and try the bypass, this will answer a whole lot of questions
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