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Hi I have a 1992 1.6Litre Lantra that was bought to do up. It has a problem with constant white smoke comming out the tail pipe. Also there is a problem with the idle, when it first starts the idle is high then after it warms up the idle surges. Apart from that the engine sseems to run fine. P.S. When we bought the car the water pump was leaking and the heater hose had a split in it. They have been replaced and the cooling system seems to be fine now

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  • ryan8488 Jul 22, 2008

    Thanks for your reply tk01, would a compression test comfirm this?

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Sounds as though it has a blown head gasket.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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    ken maule Jul 26, 2008

    Yes, a compression test would show at least one cylinder with a reduced compression, could very well be more that one. When you have the head gasket changed (or if you change it yourself) ensure the head and block a thoroughly checked for cracks, you may not be able to see a crack visually as they tend to open up when the engine heats up. This could then become a very expensive repair or even an entire engine change. From memory these cars used a Mitsubishi engine? If it does require major repairs I would recommend buying another car, preferably not a Hyundai, as the repairs could very well be more than the car is worth.

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