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blown head gasket? help asap please!

So last night I was driving home on the freeway from work when suddenly I see white smoke trailing behind me. Wasn't too sure if it was smoke from my engine flying back or from my exhaust. Temp was pretty high , almost to the H meter. Luckily I exited to a local gas station and let the lude (2000 5th gen) chill out for a bit. After some time I noticed that it leaked some oil , a puddle about the size of my foot. I checked my hoses and they seem to be fine. Thermostat also is in good condition, I checked it today. Fans work just fine as well. The closest possible conclusion I got to by a mechanic and some quick research was a possible blown head gasket. From what I read its possibly the mix of oil and coolant that caused the white smoke. Other than that, I don't really have a clue what's making my car over heat easily . PLEASE ADVISE ! I need to get my lude fixed asap and need your guys' knowledge to help me out!
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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

water pump?
coolant leak?
leaking radiator?
bad thermostat?

is there still coolant in your radiator?
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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

I haven't seen any signs of leaking coolant. And I already checked the thermostat. Radiator appears to not leak as well. Maybe the water pump? How could I be able to tell?
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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

did you checked where it leaked that oil?
is there oil in your radiator?
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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

It was at night so I couldn't get the clearest view but it appeared to drip from the bottom of the engine. Center bottom I believe.
My bro told me I put a bit too much oil and probably caused this but I'm not too sure why it would over heat ?
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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

how much miles your lude have there?

and when was last timing things/water pump changed?
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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

About 158k
About the timing belt and pump. I have no clue since the previous owner was a female and did not drive it very much .
That just makes things that more difficult to diagnose with this lude..lol
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About 158k
About the timing belt and pump. I have no clue since the previous owner was a female and did not drive it very much .
water pump with timing things has to be changed every 80-100k miles or every 8 year or so. so that doesnt matter if she didnt drive it that much.

let this be lesson for you: if you dont have a clue if something is maintenanced - maintenance it!

firstly comes into my mind that water pump failed. since we dont know has it been replaced ever

now its time to do complete head and timing maintenance

valve seals
head gasket
intake/exhaust gaskets
cam seals
timing belt
balance belt
alternator/PS belt
water pump
crank seal
oil pump seal
3 tensioners
valve cover seal kit
injector seals

and if you have money you can get upgrade parts there easily at this point

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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

That list was made pretty easy for me lol. Thanks !
Which ones you think can be a DIY job?
One more question, approx how much you think the head gasket is gonna cost me to get done? (In other words, how much is reasonable price to get done)?
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That list was made pretty easy for me lol. Thanks !
if you havent ever new these, it would be wise to do it now

spark plugs & wires
distributor cap & rotor

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Which ones you think can be a DIY job?
One more question, approx how much you think the head gasket is gonna cost me to get done? (In other words, how much is reasonable price to get done)?
firstly I dont know how handy guy you are, second I dont know how good selection of tools you have there... third do you have any place (garage) to do that work?

I guess if you have place and tools you can tear everything apart and back on again yourself

BUT once head is off it has to be machined before installing!! this is important!

and about costs, dude Im from Finland dont really know your costs there that much, you can always get those parts yourself and then ask some shops which have good reputation how much they would charge you?

or if you have friend(s) who know car stuff also, if would be fun to do that job with your friend(s)? dont know man, your choice

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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

Another way to confirm a blown head gasket is to check the oil dipstick. If the oil is contaminated with coolant, it will look milky. Oil in the radiator will froth also. If there is any risk that the head is cracked (not just a blown gasket) I would start with a new/reman head. It really sucks to get everything back together, get the car up to temperature, then find out the head was cracked all along. My two cents.
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f there is any risk that the head is cracked (not just a blown gasket) I would start with a new/reman head. It really sucks to get everything back together, get the car up to temperature, then find out the head was cracked all along. My two cents.
machine shops will tell him if hes head is ruined
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Re: blown head gasket? help asap please!

Check the coolant to see if it mixed with oil at the reservoir and radiator cap (should be milky). You can also try a compression test and leak down test to help narrow it down, but white smoke=burning coolant.
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