My wife had this car in the shop when we first met. We got it out of the shop after having several things replaced. The car ran fine for about 6-8 months before it started to have an overheating problem. One day while I was driving it the car suddenly made a hissing sound and died. I got the car restarted and pulled it off the side of the road. I noticed that there was smoke coming from under the hood and I checked to see where. The smoke was actually coming from the coolant reservoir tank. I wasn't sure of the problem so I had it towed to the shop where he said it was the head gasket and that he would relace it for $1700, I thougt this was high and didn't really have that kind of money at the time so I had it towed to the house where it sat for about a year. I recently decided to look into it further. I got it running but when I took my foot off the gas the car would die. It will not idle at all. I notice a blueish white smoke coming out of the exaust, there was also what look like oil spitting out the end of the exaust. I figured that this was the sediment from where it had sat for so long. I would notice that after running for a few min. The smoke would start to dissipate. I kept trying the car for about1 1/2 hours berore the same hissing sound started at the coolant reservoir. I also notice that the coolant level when hot would go down not up. I had thought at first that it was a fuel pump problem, but since the coolant levels seem to be changing so much I was wondering if it is the head gasket. If not what other suggestions would you have. Thnks for you time I am really stumped. I am not a mechanic but I do have a little car knowledge.
have the same problem?
Thursday, September 14th, 2006 AT 8:30 PM