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Runs hot, smoking and water coming from exhaust. 5 month old battery run down . Think it may be head gasket but not sure. What do you think ??

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Before you change anything check you're throttle body it may be crack and water goes in to the engine from there ,disconnect the water line and run you're engine,if the smoke stop you found the problem.

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