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Old 01-12-2003, 12:50 PM
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How dangerous is it to drive with a blown head gasket leaking coolant into the combustion chamber?
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Old 01-12-2003, 12:58 PM
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Im tipping its not a good idea......
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as long as it doesn't hyrdolock or pressurize the fuel system and overheat while driving, then it will probably seep in when the motor is shut off and rust ..
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Old 01-12-2003, 01:23 PM
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Default My 97 1.8t had a blown head gasket, and it screwed up my motor big time, scuffed pistons...

and blown rings.

Luckily my extended warranty gave me a bunch of money to get it fixed. If I were you I would not drive it and work on getting it fixed.
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Old 01-12-2003, 01:25 PM
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It's not my car its on my friends saab and it will cost 800 to replace the gasket =/
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That sucks, but at least its not an audi, head gasket work is damn expensive on our cars.
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Old 01-12-2003, 04:20 PM
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Default Water doesn't compress...

If enough leaks in there overnight, he could be in for an expensive engine replacement/rebuild. If one combustion chamber fills with water/antifreeze, it will bend a rod when he starts the car.
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Old 01-12-2003, 04:24 PM
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Default not likely...

it just wont turn over
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Old 01-13-2003, 03:43 AM
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Default Re: head gasket failures and consequences

If a head gasket is failing, coolant under high pressure is getting into the cylinders. The pressure in the cylinders alternates between low pressure during an intake phase of the cycle, and very high pressure during the power stroke. If excessive coolant gets into the cylinder, it can soak the plug, and you get no spark. Okay, you get a misfire (and probably a CEL if it continues). Coolant in the cylinder will mean getting coolant into the oil - the contaminated oil in an engine with a bad head gasket looks like cafe mocha. If even more coolant gets into the cylinder, you get into trouble with spontaneous engine stalling - something that can occur at an unexpected time and in an unexpected place.

A long time ago, when we lived in California, I had a head gasket blow on a Fiat as were climbing Mt Tam, north of SF. Coming home, the car stalled on the San Rafel bridge, where there is no shoulder. Fortunately for us, there was little traffic, and the people bearing down on us at speed were able to change lanes. I have never been so scared driving, and that was about 25 years ago.

Associated with head gasket problems are overheating issues that are expensive to fix - a warped head will require machining for the engine to work properly again, a cracked head will require replacement. The take home message is to get the gasket replaced now, without regard to inconvenience, because putting it off can cause lots of damage to the engine, or it can put you in terrible situation in traffic.

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