Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Does my Jetta have a blown head gasket? 2002 VW Jetta

asked by on

I have a 2002 vw jetta 2.0 i bought 3 weeks ago it dont over heat stays at 190 has very good power runs great had a oil chang same day i bought it looked good 3 days ago i checked my oil and it was gray i took it to monrrows and they said lower intake gasket so i bough intake gasket kitt and 5 qt 5-30 full synthetic and filter after i dropped it off monrrows pulled it in for 10 min. And said they not sure but now think it a blown head gasket idk because it dont over heat it dont smoke and runs great

My car has 128000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there - in the absence of extreme indicators of a blown head gasket (milkshake oil, misfiring or coolant mist in the exhaust), we will have to get more sophisticated. Check compression on all cylinders - looking carefully for lower compression on 2 adjacent cylinders. The engine coolant can also be chemically analyzed to check for combustion gases leaking into the cooling system. Watch for coolant loss. If coolant starts disappearing, I recommend a coolant loss inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Does my Jetta have a blown head gasket? 2002 VW Jetta

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Lights died

Hi there. It's possible that the courtesy light switch is damaged. A courtesy light switch is what signals the courtesy light, located in the passenger compartment, to come on and provide the light necessary to see what you’re doing, especially...

Q: Can a mechanic tell damages that were inflicted by a car accident apart from usual wear and tear?

The best answer is yes. I would be able to tell since a part damaged from wear and tear will be worn and not bent or broken. If you are worried about the repairs then have more than one estimate...

Q: Truck won't start without putting gas in the intake

Most vehicles will use up the most amount of fuel during start up. Taking this into consideration, it is possible that your engine is not being primed with fuel properly due to a restriction in the fuel system. This could...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.