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90 Chevy K2500 burning water (white smoke out tail pipe) and going through coolant(water) like crazy. it sputters almost every time I push on the gas. smoke is also coming from the head exhaust.

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Hi: It sounds like you have a Blown Head Gasket or a Cracked Head.But I would bet that its the Head Gasket.Do this Test on your Engine. Remove all the Spark Plugs and Probally should Mark the Wires as you pull them off each Plug..FILL the Radiator ALL the way; Get your buddy or someone to Turn the Key Like Trying to Start it. You need to be Watching where the Plugs came out and Look to See if Your Getting Water And Coolant Out of Any of the Spark Plug Holes. This will Comfirm you have a Blown Head Gasket. Do Both Sides on Both Heads .Also have your Heads Magnafluxed, And Have Them Checked for Warpage.Hope this helped you. Please Reply so I'll know what you found. Vote For my Solutions. Ratings are 1-4, 1 Being the lowest score and 4 being the Highest. Thank You: The WYOCWBOY

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