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Q: Head gasket has gone bad

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I think my head gasket is bad. I smell coolant and noticed a loss of pressure. The car runs, but it is running rough.

It is certainly a possibility that your head gasket has failed. However, before any drastic decisions are made, I would ask for help from a professional mechanic. They will examine your cooling system and determine exactly what is causing the problems.

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