Northstar Head Gasket Repairs - The Lowdown: -By Jake Wiebe
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More than likely your Northstar engine begain to overheat, or lose coolant and you can't explain where it's going. Possibly you hear "gurgling" or bubbling in the dash. Maybe when it's cold out, your heater doesn't work very well. If it's getting real bad, your engine temp gage is pegged and the dash tells you to shut your engine off.
These signs point to a bad head gasket, or head bolts that have "let go" in your engine block. Now you may have gone to a repair shop and they either told you to change a water pump or a radiator, or even to get rid of the car. Before you go to any extreme meaasures, we want to give you our advice.
#1. If a head gasket has failed in your Northstar, changing a water pump or a radiator will not help you AT ALL. While it's never a bad idea to replace those aged parts, you could be putting that money where it needs to go. Fix the engine.
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