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I just bought a 1996 Ford Windstar from a private seller. It was sold as-is. I drove it for 3 days and noticed it was running a little warm,not in the hot zone yet but close enough. I decided to check my fluids (as I hadn't done so yet), and discovered not only was it out of oil, it also had no water. So I added oil, and 100%warm water to the van while it was still warm and now there is white smoke comming from the back end with an odor. I think maybe it might be a blown head gasket but I'm not sure how to check. I called a few shops and they said that they can't tell anything unless they take apart the whole engine, and if they had to do that than I would be better off getting the work done there to save myself money because they would have to charge me $570 to just tell me the problem. Can you help me? I called a few autopart stores and they said that the head gasket cost $50, why is there such a price jump?

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More than likely its the head gasket!! yes the parts cost $50, but this requires extensive labor. This requires removal of the entire top half of the engine, and may require (if severely damaged) a full rebuild. Hopefully this helpd

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