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Are my heads cracked or just gaskets on intake and manifold blown?
In order to know if the heads are damaged from the overheating or corrosion near the coolant passages you will need to have the intake and heads removed. The heads get corroded to the point the coolant passages do not...
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How many gaskets does a 2000 Chevrolet Impala have.
When head gaskets are replaced, several other gaskets may be required. Some of these gaskets may include but are not limited to the valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, water pump gasket, timing cover gasket, and even in some rare...
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Water usage
If your engine is using coolant and no leaks are present on the engine then you should have the engine checked to see if the head gasket is blown. The loss of coolant would go out the tail pipe. A...
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My vehicle is overheating and the overheating light comes on. What could that be?
Hi there. If the engine is overheating and the light is coming on, then either the engine is overheating from a faulty thermostat, water pump, or burned head gasket, or the coolant temperature sensor is not working properly. Check the...
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Water in oil from drilling too deep
If you use a good silicone on the bolt when you put thermostat back in you will seal the hole from more coolant getting into the engine oil. Once the oil is flushed out you should pressure test the cooling...
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My car is using lot of water and i don't know why.
Hi there. First check the oil in the engine. See if the oil is milky and not dark in color. If the oil is milky, then there is either a head gasket that is burned and putting the coolant into...
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Recently got a estimate to repair the intake manifold. I have anti-freeze in the engine oil and was told it's the intake gasket.
Hi there. To check for a blown head gasket, put a compression tester on each cylinder and see if the engine has compression. If the engine has 130 psi of compression or more, then the cylinders are sealed and working...
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Truck is overheating and the heater is blowing cold air.
Hi there. There is a blockage in the engine preventing the engine from cycling the coolant. If there is a new water pump and a new thermostat, then the coolant should be cycling. Check the radiator for any blockages. Drain...
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Got told I needed I new head gasket but my car doesn't over heat or smokes obut needs o2 sensors... Any suggestion?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing the symptoms the vehicle is having, it is difficult to say what the issue may be. If you are receiving a code from the computer related to the oxygen sensors, then the...
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I have a ton of white smoke from my truck when i start and run it, is that likely a head gasket problem?
Hello there, many faults will cause white smoke to be seen on startup with your 1988 Toyota Pickup. When white smoke it seen it indicates that coolant is being burned in the engine, this is not a normal operation. There...
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Truck had a lot of smoke coming out the day before and it kept shutting off. Now wont start.
Hi there. Depends on what type of smoke was coming from the engine and where it was coming from. If the smoke was coming from the exhaust pipe, then either fuel or oil has entered into the exhaust system through...
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The car suddenly reduces speed and finally stops moving after driving for 30 minutes to an hour. The the radiator becomes very hot.
Hi there. It seems that the engine is overheating while you are driving. Check the cooling fans and see if they are working when the engine is hot. If the cooling fans are not working, then check the fan relay...
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My car has temperature issues; Either the engine is under temperature or overheating.
Hi there. If the coolant reservoir is bubbling before the coolant is hot and before the engine begins to overheat, then there could be an issue with the head gasket. If there is a combustion gas leak in the cylinder...
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How do you remove the pistons in the engine while the engine is in the car?
Hi there. You will have to remove the timing belt, exhaust manifold, intake manifold, all vacuum lines, the cylinder head, and the oil pan to gain access to the piston removal. Drain out all of the oil from the oil...
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Engine smoking from seals and overheating.
Hi there. Check the coolant level and see if its low. If it is low, then check the engine oil and see if the oil is black or like a milkshake. If the oil looks like a milkshake, then there...
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White smoke coming from underhood thermostat went up fast. Big leek under radiator on passenger side.
Hi there. when the white smoke appeared under the hood and there was a large puddle under the radiator, then the radiator hose may have blown off. This would be caused by excessive heat or excessive pressure. If the cooling...
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Car temperature keeps going up and coolant level drops.
Hi there. The milky engine oil is caused when the coolant from the cooling system gets into the engine oil. There are two ways that the coolant can mix with the oil on your vehicle. The first way is through...
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My truck is overheating and when I turn heat on only cold air comes out?
Hi there. Check for any external coolant leaks. Look at the radiator, heater hoses, radiator hoses, heater core, and the core plugs (freeze plugs) on the engine and see if there is any visible coolant leaks. If there is no...
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Valve lifter replacement, can't get TDC. Do I need to get TDC for head removal and lifter switch?
Hi there. Before removing the cylinder head the rocker arms and the push rods need to be removed. When removing the rocker arms, they will need to be loose and not tight. You do not need TDC, but close to...
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Car is overheating everytime i drive it for about 15-20 minz
Hello there, many faults will cause your 2004 Cadillac SRX to overheat after driving for 15-20 minutes. When head gaskets fail the most common signs are the coolant level dropping without visible leaks, white smoke from the tail pipe, and...

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