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Coolant in cylinders- white smoke show

1429 Views 12 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  Steve in Chicago
2001 1.8T Passat- 140K

Low oil pressure light came on. Skreeching sound from passenger side front engine. Changed oil pick up tube and oil pan. The tube was cloaked with dipstick fragments and other debris. Pain looked surprisingly clean. This resolved the oil pressure problem. Started car and it sounded great on idle, but puffy white smoke coming from exhaust. Pulled the head and there was coolant in the cylinders. Put on all new gaskets and still have the same issue. The head gasket looked good, but I replaced it anyway. Is there a way to check for a cracked cylinder or would it be more of a warped head or some other issue? Trying not to spend a lot of money due to age and miles of vehicle.
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I also think you have a cracked head. Start digging deep into your savings. This is gonna be an expensive cookie.
Yes the engine block won't crack easily. It is the head that due to lack of coolant gets scorching hot and cracks.
The same things that blow the gasket are those that damage the head.
And one of those things is a clogged PCV system as I learned it hard way.
I would just pick up one of these and rebuild it using your old head.
This is by far a better option than machine tooling the old head. And cheaper too.
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