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Apr 24, 2010 - I am pretty sure that it was coolant it was a lot of fluid i believe the engine may have overheated and when i put coolant into the holding tank within minutes it is bone dry again, how do i figure out exactly what the problem is whether it is a blow head gasket, or cracked motor block? It is the only vehicle i have and i really need to fix the problem if i can. Can u tell me how much this could cost me to fix it? Apr 24, 2010 - There isn't anyway that something could be blocked somewhere forcing the coolant into the muffler or the only way that the coolant could get to the muffler is by a blown head gasket or cracked motor block?

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