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Q: Possible blown head gasket

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How do I know if I blew a head gasket?

A: The engine overheating erratically is the f...

The engine overheating erratically is the first thing that comes to mind. Other problems like hoses, radiator or heater core bursting or leaking all of a sudden. The extra pressure from combustion pressure entering the cooling system causes this. Continuous bubbles in the radiator overflow is another system. I would recommend having a certified mechanic inspect your vehicle for overheating and determine what repairs are needed.

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