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How can I know if its mixing water and oil, i once drove the car with no water in the radiotor and it switched itself off. now it starts but the engine light goes on after some distance. someone told me there is no way of telling if head gasket is blown unless you open both heads and see. is this true

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Hi. If you open the water resevoir bottle, you will plainly see the oil in the water if it has blown a head gasket. SOunds to me like a sensor of some kind. Why not take it to Nissan for a fre diagnosis. Hope this helps

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  • kfrusike May 24, 2011

    the computer diagnosis actually picked up the problem of the sensor, the mechanic i think wanted to rip me off by suggesting it was the head gasket, so what do i do about the sensor, he sez it cant be fixed , it needs to be overridden

  • Morne Olivier May 24, 2011

    I suggest that you take it to a different mechanic. This guy sounds like an idiot!. Ofcourse you can replace it, that"s why Nissan installed the sensor in the first place. Sorry to ramble on a bit , but people trying to rip off other pelple really gets me going! They do over ride it, but only once the sensor has been replaced, otherwise, one week down the line you get the same error message. Hope this helps

  • Morne Olivier May 24, 2011

    Thanks for the positive testimonial. Highly apppreciated!

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