Hey im new to the forums but not forums in general im coming from a 330000 mile 99 mazda protege and having pretty much rebuilt that entirely im prepared to change out the headgasket if i have to.
When i bought the car from the dealer about a month ago i ran it hard to make sure everything was in working order the temp gauge never budged or even got close to half way. I cut the car off when i got back and smelt something burning kind of like antifreeze well i open the hood and smoke is kind of coming out of almost where the turbo is. But by the time i had the hood open the smoke was gone so i could not investigate further. I bought the car thinking it was the brakes but upon driving and doing some maintence i stumbled on to what looks almost like gelled coolant or oil in the coolant i cant tell. The car has 160000 miles and runs well and doesnt smoke like a typical car with a blown headgasket. But everytime i run it hard it almost smells like really burnt coolant. Here is a picture of under the radiator cap.
Can anybody point me in the right direction of what this looks like and sounds like? Im thinking either the turbos getting starved of coolant and coking the oil and thats why theres smoke and the burning smell upon turning the car off or i have a bad headgasket. Thanks or all those who give insight it will be greatly appreciated!!