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I am a certified mechanic and this is boggling me.. the coolant is boiling in water bottle at a very rapid speed. im thinking head gasket but really hope its not. could it be anything else besides that b4 i go that route?

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One mechanic to another,i would say you are spot on.But i also suspect a split on the cyc head, you say it happens very quick?came across it about 6 months ago,and the head had split as the owner had driven it for a long time and head cracked.blocked water holes in the head will give you the same kind of fault if you want to try a flush first .adrian,,,

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