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I have a 1998 chevy mini van, and the anti-freeze is leaking into the engine oil causeing my car to over heat. what does this sound like?

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This sounds like a head gasket. For a quick cheap fix you could try just re-torquing the head bolts but .... if the engine is over heating it is probably too late and gasket will need replacing.

Best of luck, Jim

Posted on Mar 11, 2011

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