Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Overheating and Wont start

asked by on

I have a 1988 Ford F350 and today when driving down the highway the lower radiator hose just popped off (no idea why). After it cooled down we put the hose back on and filled the radiator, then tried to start the engine. The engine wouldn't start so we changed the oil, then tried again. This time the coolant was blowing out of the radiator cap under pressure, even though it was cold. After trying to start it we noticed what seemed to be watery oil coming from the exhaust, just a little bit
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. The symptoms you are describing likely stem from a blown head gasket(s). To have this diagnosed definitely will require an on-site inspection.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Overheated

With the spark plugs out you should have the cylinders pressure tested to see if you have compression leaking between cylinder 2 and 3. The compression test indicates the head is warped and leaking compression between cylinders 2 and 3....

Q: Clutch not returning all the way.

Hi there. It is very likely that your clutch pedal simply needs to be adjusted, This tends to be the case after the clutch master and slave cylinder is replaced; as the natural gap between pressure plates expands. If you'd...

Q: could adding a small amount of non honda antifreeze into overflow reservoir cause check engine light to appear a day later

Although it is not recommended to mix different antifreeze chemistries, that recommendation "usually" has more to do with avoiding negative effects (of mixing) on the service life of the coolant than any possibility for system damage. That is, mixing different...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.