I need some brainstorming, folks.
Friday, the Cougar began to run rough, especially on acceleration from a
stop. It also showed nothing on the temp. gauge and made no heat. When I
checked under the hood the overflow tank was dry. There was pressure in the
system even tho the car was cold. After refilling the tank, (radiator was
OK) I found bubbles coming up every time I goosed the throttle even when
cold. Lots of bubbles. The oil was perfect, no milkshake and the level was
not above where it belonged. I thought, uh-oh, head gasket.
Saturday morning it went to the local dealer. I explained my suspicion and
the service writer made me describe symptoms. She said they 'might' be able
to look at it in a day or two.
Today I got a call, the mechanic had filled the coolant and bled the system,
then test drove it. Now he wants to replace the thermostat to make heat. I
asked if they had checked for exhaust gas in the coolant and they acted like
I was speaking gibberish.
I found out later that this dealer had been forced to sell and had let
business die off. They have 2 mechanics for a 20 bay shop.
I think they have no clue and might damage the car with further putzing. I
was quite clear about my suspicions and I feel ignored.
Should I be worried? Maybe even very afraid? I am ready to haul it out of
What say you guys?