Test the thermostat and get the radiator and heater core tested for flow. Wrong coolant will damage the radiator if it is aluminum. Test fan clutch and electric fan at both speeds. Change the water pump if it is suspect. Do a compression test wet and dry and a leak-down test (to rule out gasket and cracked head problems.
And you can get water in the bore from a blown head gasket without water in the oil, but you will probably have a skin of oil in the water. (Western Australia - Home of corroded cylinder heads and blown head gaskets)
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I've just changed my wiper blades and now my reverse lights don't work. Should I change my fuel pump relay?