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Engine problems upper radiator hose split on way home from work-replaced with genuine part, took car for drive, no problems except for sluggish at 50mph and above-stopped at garage for petrol and coolant, restarted =clouds of smoke out of exhaust, very rattly engine, coolant hot in expansion chamber

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  • andy_stonach Dec 29, 2008

    thanks had head gasket replaced only 2 months ago-is this a common fault-surely twice in this time is a record?

  • andy_stonach Dec 29, 2008

    knotbeerdan-yes steam coming from under bonnet for last 200 yards

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    Did the motor overheat when your hose split?

  • Angelo Attard
    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    i think you have a blown head gasket is the car using water

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Start your car and let it run for a couple seconds then check the oil and look for any foam or bubbles. It sounds like you blew the head gasket to me. If this is the case you will need to take it to a pro.

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  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers Dec 29, 2008

    It would not be a record, however it does seem that if you just had the gasket replaced and if the car came from another owner they might have done something to the motor previously and just did a quick fix such as block sealant or something.

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