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From what I see sounds like head gasket. suddenly excessive

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from what I see sounds like blown head gasket. suddenly excessive white smoke, loss of power, runs very rough
JA: Is this your first time dealing with this issue? What size is your engine? What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: its a bmw 135i, first issue. Wonder if it is ok to drive it to a shop or if it needs to be towed
JA: What year is your 135i?
Customer: why do you ask?
JA: I'm just trying to get information to help you.
Customer: 2009
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I have done nothing, it popped up this morning and its 7:38am
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: It ran fine on a*****yesterday. But there was a minor leak in the head gasket, not burning oil but a wet spot, identified a couple of months ago.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.
Customer: I just don't want to do harm.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome,

My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to assist you today.
what was your question about this? what did you want to know?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do I risk serious damage driving it 10 miles to a repair shop?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have driven it probably 2 miles since the issue arose.
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

I will provide an honest answer. I trust this will be appreciated. Please remember that a low rating PUNISHES me for being honest and that I receive nothing for my time until a positive rating is clicked.


thank you for your attention to the rating requirement.


you are definitely not doing it any favors driving in this condition, further damage could result, especially if it starts to overheat.


if it is running very rough as you say, I would suggest having it towed


Please let me know if you have further questions. Please do not forget to click a positive rating as this is the only way I receive credit for my answer, thank you. Best wishes with your vehicle.

Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

if there are no additional questions please kindly CLICK ON a positive rating