Check the weep hole on your water pump. Do you see any amount of coolant there? If yes your water pump has failled. Replace and ensure you also have good belt tension. Don't cheap out if repalcing the water pump get a new thermostat again, new rad hoses and heater hoses and a new rad cap.
Take the coolant recovery bottle out and clean that 100% as well.
Good belt tension is very important. If your belt is really old, replace it at this time.
Intake gaskets when blown coolant will leak into the lifter valley and into your oil. You engine will emit really puffy white exhaust. Check your oil for foamyness, and colour. If it is milky white, water is leaking inside.
What makes you say the intake gaskets and not HEAD GASKETS?
If your radiator is suspected, look for leaks first externally.
When vehical is cold, take rad cap off and start up engine. If low on fluid do not fill up yet. Watch to see if water is circulating through rad. This should not take longer than a couple of minutes. NO CIRCULATION? Get a new water pump.
Good luck> Please post a reply when you figure it out.
Saturday, February 25th, 2006 AT 10:12 PM