96 Ford Taurus leaking coolant

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I took it in to get looked at and the mechanic thinks there is a crack in the head gasket. He told me that the only way he could know for sure would be to take the engine apart and it would take up to 4 days. Am I getting scammed? I just moved and have no idea who to trust these days.

posted by  ekhylant

Well, where is the coolant leaking from? BIG clue right there. :thumbs:

posted by  DodgeRida67

Have a reputable shop perform a pressure test of the cooling system. Such a test will usually allow the technician to pinpoint the source of the coolant leak. Granted, it is sometimes difficult to see exactly where a leak is located, but with pressure on the system and a few minutes time, it should certainly be possible. Note that it is sometimes necessary to perform the test on both a cold engine and a hot engine to correctly identify the problem.

posted by  cpprioli

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