1994 Nissan Altima Gasket or One-Time Issue

Tiny
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  • 1994 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 253,000 MILES
My radiator went bad and my car overheated. I had it towed to a national car repair chain. They replaced the radiator. I drove the car the next day and after about 30 mins, I had very little ability to accelerate out of 1st and 2nd gear. White smoke began coming out of the exhaust. As I was driving back to the repair shop, the car overheated and all the coolant was gone. I filled the radiator with water and it ran fine the remainder of the trip back to the repair shop. I'm awaiting their inspection of the problem now, but I'm thinking coolant may have gotten under the gasket heads when the car overheated causing my issue. What do think?
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Thursday, May 15th, 2008 AT 10:51 AM

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Tiny
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It sounds like either a head gasket, or warped head. With a warped head you will loose compression and should have a driveability issue. Block test and pressure test will tell the story.
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Thursday, May 15th, 2008 AT 12:58 PM

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