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1.4 Polo 9N3 Engine Issue

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heyholly__

Hi,

 

I bought a 1.4 9N3 a few days ago. After starting from cold it sounds like it's running on 3 cylinders for just a few seconds before then running fine. It will run fine up until leaving it to go cold and then starting it again. Have just tried to start it tonight to which it wouldn't. After trying for about half an hour to get it going, we noticed that the coolant bottle has become almost full and very pressurised with some steam coming out the exhaust. After leaving it for a few minutes it then started fine and the coolant has since gone back down. Am I right in assuming the head gasket has failed or is there anything else that could be causing this? Can anyone give me a ballpark figure of how much I can expect to pay for this at a garage?

 

Thanks in advance.

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nige8021

First Welcome to the forum.

 

Before condenming it as a head gasket failure, I would get a compression test done and a "sniff test" on the coolant bottle, these would give a more definite prognosis, but it does sound like there is a problem there. If it is a head gasket failure, you are looking at around £150 of parts, then if the cylinder head needs skimming to make it level another £60~90 and if your not doing the spanner work yourself allow 4 + man/hrs at whatever your garage/mechanic charges  

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