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Over heating I need to know if its true that when the water bubbles back through the resovoir is it a head gasket leak?

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Bubbles coming up in your coolant resevoir tank, and either consistent or random overheating, could indicate a head gasket leak. Check your oil dipstick, and inside valve cover where you add oil. If engine oil looks like chocolate mousse, it's a sure indicator of head gasket leakage.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

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  • Steve762us Apr 17, 2014

    Some moisture from exhaust is normal, when first starting up the engine after it's sat overnite or longer. If you're getting CLOUDS of steam, and it smells sweet (assuming you have antifreeze in your coolant, not just straight water), that would show coolant is getting into the cylinders, which would be a head gasket leak.

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    Jake Townsend Apr 17, 2014

    i only have water right now and it is coming out pretty bad along with some exhaust smoke

  • Steve762us Apr 17, 2014

    If it's more than a few drips from end of tail pipe...and the level in the coolant resevoir is going down (and your not seeing evidence of coolant leaking anywhere else), it's a head gasket leak..or cracked block.


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