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My daughter own a 2003 Jeep Liberty and has two radiators replaced. Each time the radiator shop replaced the coolant with green coolant instead the original red fluid. Both times a lot of rust was in the coolant. Since then the engine overheated and now a head gasket has blown. Is there any relationship to this happening and the wrong/different antifreeze being used? I read that this is a very involved process and could result in engine problems. Should the radiator shop be held accountable for this mishap?

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No if the head gasket went it takes time to wear a spot out in it to make it finally go.How many miles on it?Rust in coolant mean you had a dirty radiator that needed flushed out for a long time, and the rad changes just helped cleaning it.

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