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Volvo 850 GLT coolant/head gasket?

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Volvo 850 GLT coolant/head gasket?
February 05, 2017 08:50AM
My daily driver Volvo 850 GLT has been mysteriously losing coolant.

From the film on the inside of the windshield, I figured it was the fairly notoriously leaky but easy to replace heater core, so I did that.

After that, the coolant disappearance increased if anything. Can't find any evidence of leaks anywhere in the system. Changed the oil last night, and after adding fresh oil, I found a little bit of coolant milkshake at the bottom of the dipstick.

Guess it's head gasket time...or Bars Leaks and prayer to the Norse gods. But I don't have a backup car right now (actually, it's locked in storage until spring and needs a new steering rack and power steering pump). So I would either a) have to drop more than the book value of the car to have a shop do the head and rent a car, b) DIY and rent a car for a week or three, c) buy another beater while DIY.

Open to suggestions that don't involve lots of money, because the really stupid part of me noticed a leftover 2016 Fiesta ST at a dealer nearby.



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Re: Volvo 850 GLT coolant/head gasket?
February 05, 2017 04:01PM
Are you sure it was coolant and not just cold weather condensation?



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Re: Volvo 850 GLT coolant/head gasket?
February 05, 2017 04:46PM
It's losing coolant, I can't find a leak, and it gets run 45 minutes to an hour each way on my commute and I'm not afraid of using my right foot and the boost.

I dumped 3/4 a can of stop leak in it. We'll see what happens. Worst comes to worst, I'll either increase my debt load with a car payment or start hoarding similar cheap Volvos in the hopes of having at least one that runs at any given time.



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