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Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 08:48:34 -0400
From: Fred W <Malt_Houndnospamm-me-not*>
Subject: Re: Head Gasket Blown Is this the end for my 9000CS

Tuairiscnct wrote: > On my way home from work the car overheated ,the cooling fan didnt kick > in . > I stopped the car and saw the coolant was empty .Refilled with coolant > adn made it home .White ish smoke from the exhaust and the oil was > coffee coloured > Steam/liquid /goo escaping from the engine manifold . > I had foolishly used semi synthetic oil for the last oil change and > think that had something to do with it .The oil level was very low. > Is this motor beyond repair ?It has only 115k miles on the clock. > Sounds like a blown head gasket. Not necesarily beyond repair, depending on how long you drove it in an overheated condition. Using semi-synthetic oil was not a foolish thing. You'll want to drain the oil out of it very soon (it has water in it and you don't weant that sitting in the crankcase). Then pull the head (or have someone do that) and determine if it was just the head gasket. If so, that is not that big of a deal. -- -Fred W

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