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Overheating Yesterday our Jeep seemed to have a slight loss of power while accelerating at 35mph + then later that night smelled burned oil but did not notice any once I opened the hood. On the way home noticed the temperature gauge went from 200 to 260 in a split second, not a gradual rise like normal. Got home opened the hood and noticed it looked like water spray all over but mostly on the driver side of motor. Today I added about 21/2 gallons of water while engine was running and getting hot so water could be pulled into engine and once I was sure it was full let it idle for a while. It never overheated and stayed around 175-200. I did notice very slight water drip from tailpipe and seemed to have very little grayish oil mixed with it. I think it is the head gasket but not sure. Can you help me and give me some advice. Thank You, Craig Wallace

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I think you have made a correct diagnosis. The loss of power and water from exhaust all point that way.

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