head gasket and timing chain on 2004 Ford Explorer

will the car start when it has a blown head gasket. how can you tell the timing chain needs to be replaced.

by in San Marcos, TX on February 14, 2011
1 answer
ANSWER by on February 14, 2011
Yes, a vehicle will start with a blown head gasket, but will have excessive white smoke/ steam coming from the tailpipe. It is usually accompanied by a rough idle and consuming coolant. A worn timing chain usually makes a rattling noise at idle on this model. It sounds as if the engine needs some major repairs.
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