why does my 1998 malibu spray water from resivour when trying to start?

Asked by Sep 02, 2015 at 05:07 PM about the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

car overheated changed pump and thermostat .blows water out resiour when
trying to start. cranks but does not start. usually drains the battery after couple
tries. what can i try now

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This don't sound good. There is no way coolant should be blowing out the reservoir when trying to start the engine. Probably a blown head gasket. If it is this bad you can check compression in the cylinders, it should show up as low compression on a cylinder or two. Head also could be cracked.

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