Date: 22 May 2006 18:58:04 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: Head Gasket Blown Is this the end for my 9000CS

On 22 May 2006 11:51:52 -0700, Tuairiscnct <> wrote: > I let the engine cool down ,called my wife and she arrived with a > refill of coolant .Filled it up and drove home .My wife following > behing told me late about the plumes of white smoke or steam from the > exhaust.. Not good. > When I pulled the bonnet and turned on the ignition you could > see steam and liquid escaping from the manifold.. Very not good. > Does all this sound "too far gone" ? Well, there's a gasket between the head and intake manifold, of course. That gasket does deal with some coolant, so it's possible that that's all you lost. I haven't followed the thread, sorry if you've answered this aready, but you could have white smoke from the exhaust and _not_ have a blown head gasket, if the coolant was getting into the combustion through the air intake. That is consistant with what you're describing. Can you do a compression test on the engine? If you have all 4 more or less equal (post the numbers please) you may be perfectly fine with just an intake manifold gasket, which isn't horrible at all on that engine. If it's the head, me, I'd fix it, but it depends on if you do your own work or of you'd be paying more than the car can be replaced for. Where physically are you? The group may be able to suggest a local resource for you if you're not planning to do this yourself. Dave Hinz

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