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Car overheats changed themastat water pump hoses what size themastate should it have 180 or 160 or lower dont want to start unless you turn key 3 times and let fuel pump pump up presure then smells like gas and in ratior slimmy water flushed ratior 3 times sill slimmy and blabk smale round soft ball in water and off colored really cloudy gray and vary bad oder and started to smell inside car when being drove

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    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Which engine do you have, it sounds like you may have blown headgaskets? 195 is the correct t-stat.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    smells like gas inside and out when starting and running car



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Sounds like oil in the water blown head gasket check oil to see if iy is same color as water

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