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Losing coolant - Head Gasket ?
I have had my car for a year (03 Citroen Xsara 1.6) and have topped up the coolant with water just a couple of times. I mentioned it to the garage today when they were servicing it as I wanted them to check for a slight leak. They say it failed a head gasket test and that was the problem. I am shocked by this as I have had head gasket problems on previous cars and the symptoms were always white smoke from the exhaust combined with loss of power. My car has not showed any of these signs and the temperature gauge always shows normal. What are your thoughts on this ? Can you have a head gasket problem without the engine overheating ? Hopefully the head won't need skimming as I don't think it ever overheated. TIA
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I really hope the garage is not kidding you here - we had a similar problem recently, it was simply the plastic plug on the radiator drainage hole. Very cheap and quick to fix. That was a Xsara Picasso 2.0Hdi Diesel. See my post about a week ago.... Of course I may be wrong and it really was the head gasket.