MISSING COOLANT

  • Tiny
  • ljf
  • 1997 Ford Escort
  • 165,000 miles

My 97 escort requires about 3 cups of coolant added to the radiator every month. So far I have not been able to find the leak.
The dipstick does not show any coolant on it. There is no blast of white smoke when I start the car. The transmission dipstick is not turning milky. Now the bad news. The overflow tank shows air bubbles and the engine runs rough for a minute when cold.
Could this be anything other than a head gasket?

Larry

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 AT 10:05 PM

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  • saturntech9
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You can rent chemical head gasket tester from auto zone to test for a head gasket issue.

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 AT 10:19 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I will look for it at auto zone.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 AT 12:52 PM
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Alright keep me posted.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 AT 1:58 PM

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