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My wife's Suzuki Vitara (GV 1.6, 2003) is losing water and we cannot find any sign of an external leak. Someone suggested the head gasket is the problem but my mechanic is very doubtful about that but is scratching his head now! We lose most of the reservoir on a 60 mile journey. Any ideas please?

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Pressure test the cooling system. The head gasket possiblity can be tested with dyes, or testing for exhaust gases in the cooling system.
What happens in this case is combustion gases escape into the cooling system and push coolant out, usually when under load, driving...If this is what is happening, the fix can be fairly costly.

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