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Engine lost power then stopped

Vw golf mk 5, lost engine power, white smoke from exhaust and burning smell. checked oil and is not registering any and the filler cap has thick mousse like deposit.

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    What course golf mk4 1.6 to give smoke from the exhaust when idling long and consuming oil



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Check your radiator and see if you have oil in it by what you are describing it sounds like you got it to hot and possibly blew a head gasket.....this vehicle has a low indicator oil switch if your lucky and havent blown gasket try adding oil to required level and then start this will also confirm if head gasket is blown by the presence of the oil lookin like coffee with alot of cream....Good Luck...Please rate so it helps with future diagnostics .....Thank you

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