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Old 09-25-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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So my cars been getting super hot lately. I have to put water in it everyday. In the first 5 mins of driving itll be fine then the temp will rise 3/4 and itll shoot water from the resevoir, then go back to normal temp. All in about 20 seconds. Then about 5 mins later it'll go back up to 3/4 temp and stay there. All while on the freeway. When I get into stop and go driving it gets super hot. But never overheats. I have a brand new radiator. Coolant doesnt boil, so i know i have good pressure. I do know my turbo seals are blown though. And it does make white smoke. My guess it could be water pump maybe. i just sprayed degreaser to see if it is leaking. and the smoke just could be from my bad turbo. I just really hope its not bhg. All help is appreciated. Thanks, Cole
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Start by fixing/eliminating the known problems 1st.
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Its either turbo or headgasket. Just looked at it. Cars spitting coolant out the exhaust. Im gunna start with the turbo. It only has 5 of the 6 fins left on the turbine. lol
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Unless the center housing has quite literally shattered, it's impossible for water to get from the turbocharger into the engine. The water jacket is simply a hollowed-out section around the periphery of the housing. there are no seals on the water jacket which could allow water to pass into the engine.

Do a compression test. Or a leakdown test if you've got the tools. Pop the radiator cap while you're doing it.

On the bright side, it may well not be a bad head gasket. You might have simply warped the head.
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WTF RLY? STFU OMG IMHO U OH'ed ur POS. BHG FTL. CT ur BP.
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Is your fan turning on when overheating?

Sounds like your head is warped. Just get a local machine shop to surface/check the deck, get a new headgasket, and I bet you'll be all set. Pretty simple. You also want to eliminate what made it overheat in the first place. I would change the radiator cap, thermostat, and thermistor, all of which are very cheap and easy to replace. And make sure your cooling system is properly filled/burped. As long as your water pump is turning, not making noise, and not leaking it should be fine. If you have the money then it would be a good idea to change it anyway if it's old. You're more than likely going to have to replace the heater hoses and possibly the oil cooler/throttle body hoses when doing the BHG/FUH repair.

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I have my fans hooked to a switch. so there always on. I've started pulling the head already. I might as well get arp head studs and metal head gasket too. Thanks so much for the help!
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I might as well get arp head studs and metal head gasket too.
Just as an FYI, unless you have a 1.6 ('90-'93) engine, the OEM headgasket is already metal. Tri-layered steel, to be precise. So no need to spend extra for fancy headgaskets- they simply don't fail. Ever.

Which brings me to a point- See how nearly everyone else has information about their car in their signature? They're not just bragging- it's helpful when having conversations like this one. Fill yours out.
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