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Anti freeze coming out exhaust. Shop says needs an engine. Could this be cracked head gasket or something else where would not need engine replaced?

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  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2008

    They are charging 3 hours teardown on it to tell me exactly what the problem is and what caused it.

  • Joseph Reichwein
    Joseph Reichwein Jan 02, 2009

    It was a cracked head and only needed that replaced. Thanks

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IT IS EITHER A BAD HEAD GASKET AND OR HEAD OR A CRACKED BLOCK. WHAT DID THEY SAY?

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