Blown head gasket

Tiny
LEAHANK
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  • 2011 FORD FIESTA
  • 20,000 MILES
Hi! I have a 2011 Ford Fiesta with a blown head gasket. It only has 20K miles on it. What could cause this?Katie I got into a fender bender and was told the radiator had to be replaced. Afterwards, I drove the car for five days when suddenly it started shaking and white smoke started pouring out of the exhaust. My teenaged son checked under the hood and said the coolant was empty.

Was something not hooked up properly? I work and the dealership where it was repaired and I know for a fact now that they did not pressure test it after the repair was made. Now my boss is telling me that Ford has a national bulletin out for blown head gaskets. Funny, my friend who is a VP for Ford says not true. UGH!
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 AT 6:34 PM

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Tiny
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Nope, no TSB for head gaskets. There is one for a leaky block heater and one for a coolant leak on top leaking into the spark plug hose causing a misfire. Head gaskets blow due to extreme heat. This could have happened from the original radiator failure or they may not have gotten all the air pockets out of the system when they repaired it.
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 AT 7:06 PM
Tiny
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Thank you so much. That's what I figured. However, would it have taken five days for that to happen? Wouldn't that have happened the day I drove the car after the repair? Also, what does TSB stand for? Just curious. Thanks again very much. Nice to have an independent third party. Sorry I have no money to donate right now.
Katie
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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TSB (Technical Service Bulletin)

It's hard to say what took place. It may have been getting hotter and hotter. It may even have a leak.
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 AT 7:50 PM

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