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Blown head gasket or not?

I had put in new spark plugs in due the engine was miss firing, Now their is a rattle in the block near the spark plugs this only happens when reving up the engine but doesn't do it when idel... When driving I have white smoke coming out the tail pipe... I have been told that it is a blown head Gasket is this true but I need another oppion

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Check oil dip stick for water/antifreeze and radiator for oil in antifreeze but usually alot of white smoke-steam from tailpipe usually indicates head gasket blue smoke means oil black smoke carbon

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