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Coolant leak somewhere now something blew and engine smoked

Could this be a hose or is it possable an engine crack or something else.  the coolant has been leaking somewhere for about a month but did not go on the ground.

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  • dlcassist Jan 22, 2009

    Is it does.

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Does the car blow white smoke out of the exhaust when its running?

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  • Ronnie Houston Jan 22, 2009

    you more than likely have a blown head gasket.when it blows white smoke out of the exhaust it means water is going where its not supposed to be going and so is your coolant.id take it to a shop but im sure you have a blown head gasket. please rate my advice thank you

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