Question about 1991 Mercury Topaz 4 Door
This is a common symptom of head gasket leakage. You could do a block test to check for combustion/emissions gases in your coolant. It's pretty easy. The block tester can be rented at Autozone for $25.00 and you'll have to pick up some block test fluid ($8.99). Follow the directions on the back of the tester. If your fluid turns green or yellow, you've got combustion/emissions gases in your coolant. You can then test each cylinder head seperately by disconnecting the spark plug wires on each head and repeating the test one at a time.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
Well It may be, but you had better make sure. Here's how.first check the tail pipe put your finger in it rub the inside and taste it,
yup I said taste it. if it's sweet then you are burning antifreeze and
you need to check your coolant it needs to be a 50% coolant and 50%
water or it will smoke a bit.
Then check the radiator fluid is it full? and what color is it? if the level is low and color is grey or streaking then you got a head gasket replacement ahead of you.
lastly pull the plugs out one at a time and see what color they are. if they have a white residue on them then again head gasket it may vary from plug to plug. if all of these are happening you got a major problem. replace the head gasket.
if the rad is full and good the tail pipe jsut tasted nasty, and the plug are a golden brown it is not the head gasket. get the coolant flushed and the injectors cleaned you should be ok.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
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