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Old 04-30-2010, 12:44 AM   #1
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How Likely is this a blown head?

I was driving home from school. As the car was running i heard a pop, thought i ran over something at first but didnt see anything in my rear view n car ran fine.

About a half mile later I came to a red light to see the RPM slightly fluctuating slightly and temp gauge lighting red. so i quickly shut off engine and pushed into gas station.

my car was towed home where i have an underground lot. by this time my car had cooled. so i started the engine and drove it in QUICKLY. the car ran fine but like i said i drove it quickly.

the problem is a bursted water hose 11531436410.checked the dipstick and i dont see foamy stuff

HOW likely is my head gasket blown
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:47 AM   #2
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Not very likely unless you drove it while it was overheating for a bit. Do you know approx. how long you drove it with it in the red?
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:50 AM   #3
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maybe 2-3 minutes, it was CRUISING till i hit the red light... where i caught it in red.... would a blown head make the engine shut off itself?
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:50 AM   #4
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sounds like you did everything right in the situation if you waited for it to cool down. i'd say your head gasket is probably fine.
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:52 AM   #5
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i hope everything is alright
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:23 AM   #6
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You're probably okay. Just make sure you check your oil/coolant a lot in the next few weeks. It sounds like you did the right thing, although 2-3 minutes in the red is a long time - depending on what the rate of coolant loss was.
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