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My car started to smoke it smelled like the antifreeze burning the temp went way up and heard a noise when i turned the motor off i saw a big puddle of antifreeze where my car was did my head gasket blow or could it have been my water pump? the timing belt was all wet

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Hi Mike,

If it only overheated, there's a chance it was the water pump. Did you find the leak?

BUT, if any of the following occurred:

  • White smoke out the tail pipe
  • Loss of power
  • Oil in the coolant
  • Coolant in the oil
  • Will not start
You may have Head gasket trouble.


Safety first: Eye Protection, control the area, etc

To find out, run a compression test on all cylinders.

or

pull the plugs and turn it over, looking for coolant to shoot out

or

If you don't have the equipment, based on your symptoms, try this:

  • Open the hood
  • Take off the radiator cap
  • Make sure it has water in it (no anti freeze necessary
  • Have any bystanders (AND PETS) clear the area.
  • Get in and turn it over a few times.
If the head gasket is blown, water will shoot out of the radiator like a Las Vegas Fountain just from turning it over. You won't know which cylinder, but that won't really matter, will it?

I have my fingers crossed for you.

Best of luck

Mike

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