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I'm having to put water in all the time, 250,000 miles, head gasket?

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Possibly, do a compression check. If you have greater compression on 1 or more cylinders you may have a bad head gasket or a Cracked head or a Cracked Cylinder wall. The first two problems are relatively simple fixes as vehicle repairs go. The Last is a pain as you will have to replace the motor. If you have water in any cylinder or High compression, we are talking 10 lbs higher than the others, then start the procedure to replace the head gasket. Once you get the Head off, have the Head tested to make sure it is not cracked. You are going to have to remove the Pistons so you can Magna-Flux the Block as well if there is water in a cylinder or Cracked head. You will need to make sure you clean all of this up before you put it together. You will want to get a Haynes Repair manual on the vehicle, A Piston Ring Compressor, Magna-Flux, a Piston cylinder hone to clean with and debur the cylinder wall. You will also want to replace the rings and have your valves cleaned and serviced while you have all of this off and if you haven't already done so replace the Timing Chain/belt while you have all of this open. Now that I've scarred you, before you start this, aside from doing the compression check, if you are running straight water in the summer time heat and driving a lot you will want to try replacing it with a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze solution. I prefer Preston, not the ready mix but the regular 1 gallon that is designed to be added to the radiator and then topped off with water. If this solves the problem and compression checks are good you don't have to do the rest. One more thing, If you have an anti-freeze smell coming from your vents and hot air is coming from them even when you have everything set to cool, it is most likely going to be water getting into the cylinder do to one of the problems mentioned before. The high pressure created by the leaking water into the cylinder will force the heat control valve open.

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If there isnt any leeks that you notice then it could be. if it is smoking white smoke it probley is, it will smell sweet.it may not smell sweet if you have only been adding water.you can check it by letting it run with the cap off and if it bubbles even if they are tiny and do not stop after a while then you probley have a blown head gasket or cracked head.check you oil and see if it looks milky.means it has water in it.

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So give your car a good look at ie check oil, water and power steering fluid levels just to rule out this being the cause of the problem.

the problem your going to have is resetting this light your going to need to take your car into your local garage and ask them to reset this light.
If your car has not had a service for a while then it would be a good idea to get this done so that the next time this light comes on you know its due to the fact that its time for a service.

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