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Old 03-07-2002, 07:37 PM
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"Blowing up" is usually used to describe a severe and expensive failure. It will not actually explode.

If the head gasket is leaking coolant into the cylinder you have a problem. Cranking the engine with one cylinder full of coolant can "hydrolock" the engine, usually resulting in a broken piston or bent connecting rod. You will have just "blown up" the engine.

There are many other types of headgasket failures (recently classified by Stevebfl, I think) that may take a while to become serious. Try a search and you'll find a lot of info.

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