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Car is losing power and the temperature gauge reads high.
Hello. From what you've described, most likely, your engine has had a head gasket failure, perhaps because of a failed thermostat - which could cause the "temperature way up, then backs off" cycle you describe. A failed head gasket means...
Mystery shaking
Hi, thanks for writing in. Given the sporadic nature of the symptoms, and a known head gasket issue, it is likely the engine is misfiring due to the head gasket issues is causing rough running. If the symptoms are felt...
This is usually a result of one or several things. Generally when a car is overheating, most commonly this is related to a failing or faulty thermostat. This is a unit in the engine that regulates the flow of coolant...
Head gasket, alternator, engine
I would recommend getting a quote for each of these repairs and comparing it to an engine replacement. It would be hard to tell without seeing the vehicle firsthand whether or not repairing those two items will resolve the problem....
Rough idling
It sounds like your throttle body is dirty. You may want to check it and make sure it is not sticking. Check for loose connections within the system also. Your car may also be idling rough due to your blown...
What would cause oil to get into the coolant?
Hi, thanks for writing in. A cracked head gasket is the definite answer to your question. You will need to fix this as soon as possible. It is detrimental to the running of your engine. Here at YourMechanic, we can...
Car keeps running hot even after i put in a new thermostat
The brown substance coming from the radiator may suggest a more serious problem, such as a blown had gasket. When this happens, the cylinder head gasket between the engine block and the cylinder head fails due to excessive heat. This...
What do you think could be wrong?
Hello. If the vehicle overheated to the point where steam started to escape, you are better off replacing the engine altogether. Once the cooling system is filled with water, it can be pressure tested to see if there are still...
My temperature will rise to hot then come back down hot comeback down in doing so the fan will come on really hard vibrating
Hi there. There are a number of things that can cause a vehicle to overheat. I suspect you have a low cooling system, but the following are the steps you should follow to accurately diagnose your cooling overheating issue. You...
My brother is wanting to buy a jeep that needs new headers is that the same as head gasket and will it be pricey
Hello there, the headers are also know as the exhaust manifold on a 1999 Jeep Cherokee. When headers need replaced it is usually due to exhaust leaks, and broken exhaust studs. While this is a bigger job, it is not...
My car is losing coolant from tailpipe
Hi there. According to what you've described, it does sound like your mechanic was correct; a blown head gasket. The radiator reservoir leak may have lead to the blown head gasket by causing a low coolant level, thus resulting in...
will start after jumpstart and then wont idle
If your engine will not run after being jump-started and the cables are disconnected, I would recommend ensuring that the connections to your alternator are good. If the alternator is not connected properly or is faulty, this could cause the...
Rocker cover gasket
Hello. The head gasket normally would not have any effect on the rocker cover gasket as these separate two different areas of the cylinder heads. However, it is not out of the question that if the cylinder head is bad,...
Head Gasket
Hello. Unfortunately, there is not really anyway to tell whether or not a genuine head gasket was replaced or sealer used. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to take a look at the car...
to replace a #4 cylinder exhaust valve lifter, do you have to do anything with the head gasket?
Hello. If you're replacing the lifter with the cylinder heads attached to the block, you shouldn't have to remove the cylinder heads or do anything to the cylinder head gasket. However, if the reason you're replacing the lifter is due...
Can I take a 600 mile trip with a blown head gasket?
Hello there. Head gasket failures can cause much larger issues with your 2004 Pontiac Vibe. It is not recommended to drive a vehicle with a faulty head gasket as it can cause the engine to fail if overheated severely. In...
Smoking and smell of antifreeze
If you engine just started to pour white smoke out the exhaust then most likely you just blew your head gasket. It could be from overheating or corrosion inside engine caused the head to leak coolant into the cylinders and...

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