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I have a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass with about 214000 miles on it. I have had problems with it over heating and i have to add coolant regularly for over a year, but i"ve always been able to keep it under control (i guess) by turning on the heat. Lately i haven't been so lucky and sometimes the temp guage reads hot 10 mins into driving (but i think the thermostat isnt opening correctly to let fluid flow through? but i dont know anything about cars so?) I had the head gasket replaced twice but am still going through coolant (no puddles under the car EVER) and now there is smoke coming out of tail pipe (white i think) and sum1 told me i might have coolant leaking into my oil? Also it recenty started hesitate when accelerating and when i make right turns it sounds like something is grinding against my wheel or something? Any thoughts on any of this would be greatly appreciated. P.S. new car not an option

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Iam going toward head gasket number 3,especially with the white smoke.
Could be intake gasket
One thing for sure-your Converter is shot,with all that coolant going thru it.
The hesitation is combustion mixture,diluted with coolant,as well as fouled spark plugs.
You got a lot of work ahead of you.

The front grinding noise could be different issues, Brakes,Suspension,Steering,Etc

New Gaskets
New Converter
New O2 Sensors
New Spark Plugs
New Thermostat
New Oil
New Anti-Freeze

Hope your doing all the work, I wouldn't pay for the labor on that job.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

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Look at the oil on the "dipstick". if it looks milky or separated when oil and water mixes, then you have coolant getting in the oil. a simple overflow or radiator cap can cause a car to overheat if it can't hold the pressure of the coolant. A cap is pressure rated and overtime it will break down causing the car to lose coolant which most of the time will be unseen. It loses coolant very little and over a day or so, you will be low on coolant. Then on the other hand, since the head gasket has been replaced 2 times, I'm wondering if the head was checked for warping. or if it needed resurfaced or a new head. If the head needed worked and it was never redone then the head gasket is useless.

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