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im only asuming the worst. I went to go pick up a buddy and it required me to get on the highway. Driving was fine. When i got back into town, i stopped for a red, and when it turned green and I left, the motor started to hesistate, oh no there goes the maf again (ive replaced the maf to a similar problem) when the car continued, i noticed no check engine light came on. odd, it ususaly does with the maf, maybe it was on so long it burnt out :) . so im driving and my eye glances the heat gauge. HOLY ****, its bouncin off the H. i pull into my drive way and it's pissin coolent and water is driping steadly out my muffler. IM assuming i blew the HG since these 3.8's are notorious for it. If anyone has anyother ideas. Its leakin from the front of the motor which is odd for a HG, but this is my first cougar and im unexperienced with these things. basicly i got all the symptoms of HG except for water in the oil which blows my mind. any help would be great
 

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well if you got water/white smoke out the tailpipe then more than likely, the hg's are toast, the leaking at the front could be a blown radiator hose or a cracked head/block.
 

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yeah, if it's leaking from the back into your cats, it would probably be your HG's. it doesn't have to be in the oil though, it could have gone through a exhaust port.
 

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usually there is a cause and effect with headgasket failure. A waterpump goes bad, blown radiator hose, stuck thermostat, etc. So if your headgaskets are blown (which is most deffinetely sounds like they are) look for the problem that caused it.
-Thomas
 

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yes, or just a leaking gasket, but not a very common problem. Worth checking out though, do a compression test.
-Thomas
 
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