Would like a little help/advice on my car which has just blown a head gasket I believe...
The car has a had a fresh engine rebuild around 2000km's ago so I'm very upset right now about this. I did the rebuild myself with the help of my father and everything was fine until the car had an accident.
I hit a kangaroo coming through the national park which damaged my front bumper,intercooler (externally only), radiator and A/C Condensor.
I had a roughly 10-15km drive home after the accident and the car overheated but not what I would describe as major and not sustained. I kept a close eye on temps, pulled over about 3 times on the way home to cool down and refill the radiator. The car stalled on me while doing 80kms, and refused to start for a while which I originally put down to electrical cause the radiator had pissed coolant all throught the engine bay. Got it started again eventually and limped home.
The car was not driven or started since then, this was about 3 months ago as the car has been sitting in the smash repairer all this time. I got a call yesterday saying there's a problem and they think it's the head gasket. Went and looked at it today and the thing doesn't start properly and even under cranking with the radiator cap off SPITS water out the radiator, so there's compression getting into the water channels right?
Didn't have the time or inclination to check spark plugs or cylinders or oil, stupid I know.
According to them to the car has been started and driven fine to the air conditioning place to be regassed, and drove fine there, but that was only 2 kms away. Then when the car was running to be re-gassed it started spitting water out the overflow bottle, and since then has been towed back to the mechanic.
This is definately a head gasket issue right? It's at the stage now where I need to strip it down to inspect the damage, or get a strip and quote from a mechanic and try to get insurance to pay for it because it was caused by the accident?
Is it possible this has damaged other things in my new engine?
God I hate cars sometimes