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Coolant leak throuhg engine head?

I have a 93 accord Ex with 174 K miles - and have been having coolant leak problems for a while. A few months ago when it got overheated I had to replace the radiator and a bunch of other hoses.
Recently though, the coolant level has been going down every day - I kept filling it to avoid over-heating. When I took it to the mechanic, he discovered a leak in the water pump. I got the water pump replaced plus timings belts etc. as well - since he was going to open it up anyways. After putting the pump, when he went on a test drive, the car was spewing smoke like a railway engine.
He is saying there is a leak in the engine head that is causing coolant to leak and wants to have the head machined or replaced. This could cost me $1500 +/-. Could there be any other cause? what I am not sure of is why was the car not spewing smoke when I took it to the mechanic. He says replacing the water pump now builds more pressure inside the engine and coolant is now leaking through the craks al LOT more. I need feedback please.

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The diagnosis is correct, either the head gasket is blown or the head is cracked or both, but in any case the head will have to be planed/machined to insure it is flat, otherwise the new head gasket will leak.

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