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If your car over-heated and shut off while driving and now will not start at all is the head gasket blown or is the whole engine shot?


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2015-07-15 19:29:23
2015-07-15 19:29:23

It really needs to be checked out but it doesn't sound good. It probably is ruined as the rings and pistons are probably melted.


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If it burst because it was defective or just worn out and you did not continue to drive the engine until it overheated then no damage was done. However, if it burst because the engine overheated then you may have blown the head gasket, and you should have it looked at by a professional mechanic. Driving a car with a blown head gasket will do serious damage to the engine.

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No. You can have the head gasket replaced. This is unless you kept driving the car with a blown head gasket and have totally destroyed the engine.

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Water in the oil is a sure sign of a blown head gasket. Stop driving this car until you have this repaired or you will do serious engine damage.

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It is not wise to drive with a blown head gasket. If you continue driving with a blown gasket, eventually your car will over heat and the engine will seize up. This can cause accidents if it occurs while driving.

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Head Gasket blown, plus check your water pump.

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