On Alfa number 15
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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Re: 156 Head Gasket Probs??
Don't panic just yet... Does your car cover mostly short journeys, where it is not allowed to get up to full temperature? Also is your thermostat ok, and not stuck open, making the engine run cool?
I would say that it is probably condensation due to one of these factors combined with cold weather. I have not heard of headgaskets failing on a TS, although it could happen if the engine was overheated or was run on old coolent that had lost it's anti corrosion properties. If you are really worried get a compression test. In most of the instances I have seen headgasket failure (Mostly on Rovers..)there has been oil/fuel in the coolent, and not coolent in the oil, due to the compression forcing it out of the cylinders.
Try taking the car for a long run of fairly hard driving, then check to see if the problem persists.