A few days ago, I was driving and saw steam coming out of the bonnet I immediately drove home reached even before the temp gauge reached the red area.
I saw the top radiator hose had come off. Allowed it to cool and put it back in. Filled distilled water in the coolant tank. Idled the car for 5-10 mins and I see water dripping from somewhere close to the radiator.
I leave the car take it next day to a mechanic and he says my radiator is leaking. So I had that changed.
Now I am worried that I might have a blown head gasket -- saw a little white smoke at startup today.
How much of white smoke indicates a blown head gasket? Will simply checking coolant level in a month definitely tell me if I have a blown head gasket or not?
What are the other symptoms/checks that I should be doing to identify if I definitely do have a blown head gasket.
The things that I found on google were ---
1. take a sample of my coolant to a chemist shop check if there are hydrocarbons present.
2. when changing engine oil check if it is frothy
And finally if there is some one in Atlanta area who has some free time during their weekend and doesnt mind teaching me how to do some routine checks on my 328IS pls PM me. thnx.