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When you try to start the car water shoots out the radiator overflow.

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Jlisagearhead is correct with the diagnosis of blown head gasket.

What you are seeing is compressed gasses for one or more cylinders escaping into the coolant system.

If your car still runs, this will blow a lot of the coolant out through the reservoir. The car will begin to overheat. When you turn it off, the remaining coolant will be under pressure and will be pushed through the breach in the head gasket into the cylinder(s).

There probably won't be much driving after that.

You need to the immediate action to save the engine.

Very sorry to have to tell you this bad news. Please don't shoot the messengers

Mike

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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This a a sure tell tale sign of a failed head gasket...sorry about the bad news...

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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