Blown head gasket?

Shane Reber

Asked by May 31, 2016 at 06:30 PM about the 2004 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a car that they said had a blown head
gasket it wouldn't stay running and smoked bad. I
guess it was throwing our security codes so I got a
new key made with a chip in it and something in
the ignition reset. Now it starts right up runs drives
no smoke. But the oils red.. I know it's coolant but I
thought that meant you had a intake leak?
Thoughts anyone?

5 Answers

Shane Reber

*Throwing out

Tom Demyan

Red fluid is transmission fluid. How is the fluid in the radiator? Is it a pink milkshake?

Tom Demyan

You might be looking at a head gasket job if the original seller was truthful. Drain the trans fluid and coolant too. You can verify if you have a head gasket issue by doing a few test. A cylinder pressure test and a leak down test. Check youtube on how to perform the test with rented tools from your local auto parts store.


Get some professional to help you with this!

Shane Reber

The oil it's for sure dark red no foam or milky look that I can see. I pulled the radiator cap and what was left in there sunk down when I twisted the cap

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