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1994 Mitsubishi Diamante Luxury 4dr Wagon

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September 16, 2012, 2:16 pm

Thomas C
 

Question: how many gallons does the cooling system use

Im using a K&W fiber lock head gasket repairer because i have a small leak. Its not causing any power lose or water to get into my oil but it is causing my engine to smoke. from the oil burning off the engine itself. I figure i could add this stuff before it gets any worse .. now for systems that hold up to 10 quarts it calls for half the bottle and for larger it says to use the entire bottle. Now im aware that products such as this can cause more problems but n its better to just change the head gasket but i have nowhere to do it nor do i have the time to do it and im not paying 1500 to have it done at a shop. im just pushing to get another year or so from the vehicle til i can get a different car.. It has 171k miles but like i said no loss of power no exhaust leaks, shifts a bit hard sometimes but really not to bad i am very satisfied with the vehicle just would like to extend its life a bit more with out people always telling me there is smoke coming from under my hood when im stopped at red lights n such.. kinda annoying and pretty embarrassing as well . well sorry for rambling i hope you could help..


September 22, 2012, 9:23 pm

Elizabeth K
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A blown head gasket would cause white smoke (steam) to billow out the exhaust. If you're getting burning oil from under the hood, you have an external oil leak, and a blown head gasket is not your problem. Take your car to a car wash and clean your engine to see if you can find where the leak is coming from, it could be as simple as a valve cover.

But for the record, you can find your cooling system capacity in your owners manual, under specifications. If you don't have the owner's manual, you can download it from the Mitsubishi website.


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