Blown head gasket but it runs great just leaking a lot of oil

  • 2009 FORD FIESTA
  • 32,000 MILES
Hi, I have a 58 plate Fiesta 1.4 diesel. A few weeks ago I noticed it was losing oil. I use the car for long journeys every week and have had no problems at all. Anyway I lifted the bonnet and saw the leaking oil was coming from the pipes so obviously incredible pressure there. The coolant tank when opened was overflowing with black gunk. I called the garage and they sent a chap down to look ajd he immediately said it was the head gasket. I have had no other symptoms such as smoke nor water mixing with the oil so I am a little stumped! I suspect it may in fact be the oil cooler? The engine starts, no smoke and no overheating. Also no loss of power nor misfiring. Help please!
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Sunday, December 4th, 2011 AT 6:07 PM

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Black gunk in the coolant indicates oil mixing with coolant. This usually means a blown head gasket. If the oil cooler is liquid-cooled, it may be the culprit. Your vehicle is not available in the US, so our reference material doesn't cover it.
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Sunday, December 4th, 2011 AT 7:55 PM

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