You kind of answered youself there.
If you have a blown head gasket, of course your going to have severe problems and your car wont run.
And if you were having problems with your coolant, you probably let your car over heat and that's what caused the blow head gasket. Which is the case with most people who ingore coolant system problems.
The coolant issue could be because of a bad "water pump" or check your lower radiator hose and make sure its not leaking at the connection it has to the engine. It has a little plastic connection that can somtimes break or wear out and bleed coolant and cause severe engine overheating.
Yea but this sounds like a classic case of, you dind't take care of your car, and you let one problem lead to another. Most drivers if they pay attention are able to notice when their car runs "funny" and leaking coolant might be a sign too, and at that point you should IMMEADIATLEY get your car looked at and fixed before driving it further. When you try to ingore the problem and just keep dumping more coolant in your car (which is leaking out not cooling your engine) you cause more damage to your engine which will just cost your WAY more money. I think the figure was something like 80% of all engine damage can be prevented by regular maintence and dealing with small problems early.
For how much money your going to have to spend to fix that car, you'd be far better off buying another car. The repairs will cost you more then it blue books for. So unless you have some sentimental value in that car, or can do the work youself (doubt since you let it get that bad to begin with), get out while you can, part out your car and try to make some cash to pay for a new one. Cavalier parts still sell pretty good cause some people like to buy them and fix them up to race as opposed to foriegn cars.
Friday, April 2nd, 2010 AT 1:59 AM