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Q: How can I make my car stop overheating without replacing the head gasket? on 1994 Audi Cabriolet

My car was leaking water onto the ground and overheating within the first few minutes of running. I was told to replace the water pump/timing belt so I did. It was still leaking water and the mechanic found a hold in one of the lines and patched it. It is still running hot and the mechanic says its a problem with the pressure and I need to replace the head gasket. Does that sound right? Is there any way around it?
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You can avoid replacing the head gasket by finding a GOOD (with at LEAST a 30 day warranty-read it carefully!) used engine. Depending on mileage and condition of current engine , might be the better option anyhow. Do you trust the shop you are dealing with , as far as the diagnosis goes? Second opinion can't hurt.
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