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    2002 engine light came on and theres a smell of burnt

    My coolant is really low could this be causing it?


    Greddy exhaust
    Perrin fuel rails
    Injen cold air intake

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    Smell of burnt what? What's the code you get from the CEL?

    Are your other fluid levels normal? Any since of coolant in the oil or vice versa? How long has the coolant been low? Did it gradually drop or all at once? Any sign of anything leaking / dripping on the outside of the engine? Any abnormal smoke from the tailpipe?

    My initial suspicion would be you have a bad head gasket given the age of the car / engine, low coolant, and burnt <whatever>.
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    It smells like burnt rubber and I'm not sure how long the coolent has been out for.

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    OK let's get specific. I can't see from my mobile (must refresh page) but if you have not done so please list all mods and car history. If you have, apologies.

    There is a leak from what you say. If it takes all day, find it. If its not a direct fix please post a description and/or photos. In any case find why the coolant is low so you can limit the problem to just that.if you can smell it strongly it's likely visible.
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    I bought it on wendsday and I took it to mechanics and they said everything was good just a few minor oil leaks but there's a greddy exhaust perrin fuel injectors injen intake. But I don't know how long it's been out of coolant

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    I got it it's nothing big. P107 was the code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STIWRX View Post
    I bought it on wendsday and I took it to mechanics and they said everything was good just a few minor oil leaks but there's a greddy exhaust perrin fuel injectors injen intake. But I don't know how long it's been out of coolant

    Not good.. can you return the car?


    It may have just run out of coolant.. which is likely the symptom of a blown head gasket. If the engine was ever overheated that would cause the head gasket to go and likely warp the heads.. meaning the engine basically needs to be replaced. It sounds to me like someone overheated their engine, realized it was ruined, and quickly unloaded it. I'm not saying this is definitely the case, but I would say odds are that engine is no good.

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    It was an oil leak...

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    I'd still do a compression leak down test to see if the headgasket's still good.

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    How can I do this?

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