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Have a head gasket problem. Combustion gases in my cooling system. Over 200,000 miles. Expensive to fix. Any quick fix suggestions. i.e. antifreeze plugging additive ?

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Their is a couple of temporary fix products you can try like one called Barr's head gasket repair from Advanced, etc. Might work long enough to gather some money or sell the vehicle. But the best way to fix it is to have the gasket replaced. There's always the unknowing of a blown head gasket or is it a hairline crack in the block. You also might want to check if their is any antifreeze getting into the oil. If I remember right if you take the plug out of the oil pan the antifreeze sits on the bottom and will drain out first. Antifreeze in the oil will cause many more problems.

P.S. Any antifreeze sealer additives I've used has caused the thermostat to stop working and have to be replaced shortly after.

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No Quick fixes here. If you have that is is either the head gasket or a cracked head or Cracked block. None of these is pleasant or cheap. The head Gasket or Head itself you could repair on your own but it will take some time. You should get this repaired as quick as possible before it does more damage to the engine.

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