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Car has white smoke from tailpipe and under hood.

My 90 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera alternator burned out and the belt broke so it quit running, I replaced both parts. On my 2 hour drive home from the location it broke down the coolant completely leaked out and now the car has white smoke coming from the tailpipe and a small amount under the hood.
I believe the head gasket(s) are toast.
My questions are:
1 what else could it be?
2 how hard is it to replace the heads myself?

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You guessed it, the head gasket blew. Drain all coolant.
The whole top part of the engine has to be taken off.
Disconnect all wires from the sensors
disconnect fuel line, after the pressure is released in fuel system
Take off intake manifold, exhaust manifold, pull out push rods( and make sure they are put back in the same exact place). Take off heads. You didn't state what engine you have. If it's a v6 or v8, best to replace both sides The head bolts have to be torqued down in a specific sequence. When the heads are off, make sure they aren't warped. If you know what your doing, it's not to bad, if you don't, you can end up with a major problem.

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With those head gaskets blown and most likely the heads cracked and possably more, since it is 19 years old I would scrap it and get another. but if your lower back will hold up and you wanna give it a shot then pull the plugs to see wat cyl the water is going through and run a compression test and hope it is the front head gasket only and if it is buy a lottery ticket on that day befor your luck runs out.

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You got it so hot the rings have collapsed. Try replacing the engine. Sorry I can recomend a engine source let me know! dc

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