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There is pressure in the water hose and the coolant tank, will not start turns like it is about to start and the check engine liht stays on. A mechanic suggested that thre is a head problem and that the distributors are getting wet due to the water vapor from the head gasket. Thanks

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It sounds like a blown head gasket, an expensive repair. what make, model & year? 4 cylinder? 6 cylinder? You make it hard to help if you don't provide enough inforsmtion for someone to understand your issue.

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