Engine Cooling problem
1999 Chevy Malibu 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 95000 miles
1st off just got done replacing lower intake gaskets because of coolant in the oil, after which I flushed the cooling system with one of those cheap prestone kits and refilled. Started engine waited for a temp and checked for heat. NONE! Further more the car heated to around 215 never overheated though. So I changed the thermostat refilled and bled the cooling system. I started it let get a temp. Checked for heat. NONE! Thinking I still had an air pocket I opened the bleeder it was a steady stream. At one point the resevior went empty the low coolant light came on so I added more immediatly while it was running. Shortly after that the resevior overflowed so I shut the car off afterwhich a nasty gas/steam evaporated out of the resevior and all the coolant disappeared. The thermostat opened once during all this I kno because I watched the gauge. I believe I have a blown head gasket and exhaust gasses are getting into the coolant. My question is. Is this the problem and how do I test for it. If not this then what? And how do I test for it?
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 AT 8:23 PM