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water not coming to the rediator, can it be a blown casket, peugeot diesel
Hello. If water is not flowing or going into the radiator then it may be possible that there is an issue with the cooling system. If water is not flowing then that may be a sign that the water pump...
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VW Polo running on three cylinders?
This is possibly a sign of an intake air leak creating a lean fuel condition. When this happens, this causes an imbalance in the air/fuel mixture inside the cylinder causing the misfire, which can also cause the engine idle to...
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Blown head gasket, how much it will cost to fix including parts and labor?
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 1999 Subaru Legacy. As you may know, the labor and parts to replace a blown head gasket on your car may very well exceed the price you are asking for it. In my...
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My coolant system continues to build pressure
It may be that you have a head gasket leaking combustion pressure into the cooling system causing pressure to build up there. In order to check for the blown head gaskets, you will first need to have the cooling system...
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My car keeps blowing oil sending units
Hi there - I suspect you have a blown head gasket. Having coolant in the oil is a classic blown head gasket symptom, and having very high oil pressure means combustion pressure is being leaked into the oil passages. This...
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head gasket replacement
This kind of repair will require a service manual with vehicle specific torque specifications and a step by step procedure. More or less, you have to start by remove the exhaust manifold and the head. This will include indexing components...
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failed smog test...white smoke coming out of exsuast pipe..burning oil..
Hello. Typically when you have white smoke/steam coming from the exhaust, you have a blown head gasket. The gasket is allowing oil and coolant passed when it should not. Have you checked the level of your coolant to make sure...
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My car does not start, it had overheating issues in the past
Sometimes when a heater hose has a leak, coolant will find a way to seep into electrical sensors or ignition components that will impact the vehicle's ability to start. However, if the overheating issue was bad enough, it may have...
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Is this problem the thermostat or blown head gasket?
Hey there. Test to see if the head gasket is blown the cooling system will need to be pressurized using a cooling system pressure tester to put pressure on the cooling system to see if it holds pressure. If it...
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There is fluid that looks like a chocolate milkshake in the radiator
This is generally a sign of a blown cylinder head gasket. When the cylinder head gasket is compromised, this allows oil to leak into the coolant system, creating the chocolate-like substance that you see in the radiator. When this happens,...
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Should i worry about the head gasket and stripped head bolt problems that seem to affect more the 2002-03 Camrys ? Is it all Camrys? 2005 Toyota Camry
Hello - unfortunately,, if you have a 2002-2006 Camry (gen 5 engines), the answer is "YES, worry". That engine has the cylinder head bolts going into an aluminum block without thread reinforcement, and the head bolts strip in the block....
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Car keeps running hot
Overheating of any kind will cause the cooling system to boil, creating the bubbling in the coolant jug. All of the parts you listed can make this happen if they are not working correctly. The question is which one is...
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Possible blown head gasket issue - 2008 Ford F-150
Hello. If it has a blown head gasket it can be quite the undertaking to fix this. You would need to remove the cylinder heads and have them fully rebuilt prior to reinstalling them. If you have a lot of...
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My vehicle is mixing water and oil
Because you have a manual transmission, the mix of oil and coolant can be caused by a leaking intake manifold gasket, a blown head gasket or a cracked cylinder head. The intake manifold would need to be removed and inspected...
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Engine overheats with new radiator, new thermostat and fan relay
It is normal for the lower hose to be significantly colder than the upper hose, but it should still be warm. The upper hose should be almost too hot to touch with bare hands, and the lower hose should be...
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My car doesn't start -1993 Lexus ES300
Hi there. Three main sensors missing cannot be a good thing but, your vehicle was apparently running without them. The valves are unlikely unless the timing belt broke. A head gasket issue is possible, considering you have been adding to...
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How do I remove the cylinder head?
The cylinder head bolts on this engine are tightened to 65 ftlb or 88 nm. Over time the bolts that go into the cooling system passages may have corroded in the holes. You should use a large breaker bar and...
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My car runs hot, then cools down, and then heats up again
Hello. Your attention should be turned toward the fact you are going through a lot of coolant. If you can not visibly see a leak spraying or any evidence of a leak on the ground, then your engine is consuming...
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My minivan is overheating and there is brownish sludge in the coolant. I already got the water pump and the thermostat replaced.
A brownish sludge in the cooling system can occur for a few different reasons. If two types of coolant have been used in the cooling system, red and green for example, the mixing of these two types of coolant can...
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Overheating issue and coolant draining after replacing head gasket
Hello. Was there any issue with the coolant before this point? If so, the blown head gasket may be a result of the engine overheating due to lack of coolant. You should start by pressure testing the cooling system. Make...

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