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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That is probably his problem I would check the oil cap and the oil itself if it looks tan milky you have either two things blown intake gasket or blown head gasket those exhaust gases and pressure from the exhaust it's pushing the water back out either has one of those too.

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