Mechanics

HEAD GASKET

2000 Kia Pride

Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Kia Pride 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 49000 miles

hi I think I could have a head gasket problem when I start the car its fine for around 5 mins then it starts to steam from the tail pipe not much but noticable I put some k seal into the rad it stoped steaming for around 10 mins then started again I did spill around 1/4 of the bottle shall I try a new bottle or will this just add to my probs thanks allan
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Heenans autos
February 11, 2010.



Hi there, adding the stop leak will do more harm than good, this will start to block up the radiator, best have the head gasket checked with a Co test, this is a simple chemical test that will pick up any Co gasses in the cooling system, this is a sure sign of a head gasket problem.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Feb 11, 2010.
Hi and I thought as much with the stop leak I had the co test and they said they it was ok but iv just taken the car for m.O.T and it has failed on emissions iv added plenty of red-ex to the petrol but still have the same problem with the steam coming from the tail pipe is there any other reason this could be apart from the head gasket thanks allan

Tiny
Heenans autos
Feb 11, 2010.
You can still get coolant into the engine through the inlet manifold, are you loosing coolant? A cooling system pressure test may pick up a problem here.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Feb 11, 2010.
Hi this is the frustrating thing im not loosing any coolant or no water in the oil no bubbles or mud like stuff in the rad everything seems to be normal runs and drives a1 just the water coming from the tail pipe could the cat have any thing to do with the problem thanks allan

Tiny
Heenans autos
Feb 11, 2010.
Hi there, if the thermostat is stuck open and the engine is running cooler than normal, the cat will not heat up enough for some time and you will see a lot of condensation, worth looking into, check for any un resolved fault codes next.

Mark

Mhpautos
Feb 11, 2010.
Ok ill go and take a look now ill let you know how it goes thanks allan

Tiny
Heenans autos
Feb 11, 2010.
Hi problem sorted I took the cat off to see if there was anything broke started the car with cat off and no water was coming from down pipe so took the back box off and for some reason there was loads of water init so iv drained and dryed it and all seems fine its been ticking over for 1/2 hour and hardly any steam at all very strange I think thanks for all your help allan

Tiny
Heenans autos
Feb 11, 2010.