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Oil in a coolant, lots of it got out somehow and flooded coolant tank, i got a lot of smoke or steam coming out and some smell of petrol in a car. there was no heating working in a car just before the problem started. what does it mean? rover 25, 1.4 petrol, 56000 miles

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Sounds like the usual K-series engine head gasket failure. Needs a new multi layered steel head gasket, steel dowels, engine oil needs flushing and replacing, cooling system needs flushing and new coolant, head needs pressure testing, new through bolts holding engine together needed. Cooling system must be free of airlocks, otherwise it could all happen again.
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This sounds like a cracked block, or blown head gasket.

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