ive got a mazda 5 7seater on an 07 plate and I had my head gasket repaired recently but the car still isn't right. The head was pressure tested and skimmed , so no warps or cracks found. The timing belt and water pump were replaced . The 1st time I took it on a long journey the car broke down. Something to do with bolts shearing off and ripping through the cam belt and damaging the rockers. All this has now been fixed but the car chugs when idling and almost bounces. When you pull up after driving you can hear bubbling . The header tank is OK as is the oil , however it overheated due to a corroded pipe which is now fixed , but I've got up this morning in frosty conditions , started the car to defrost it and there is now a puddle of what looks like rusty water under where the header tank is. Someone please help, im a mum of 3 in my 30s on a teeny income with fibromyalgia and arthritis, I'm still paying off the original 1200 pound bill and can't afford to buy a new car or be without one as we live in a rural area.enter image description here

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    Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! If all this work has been done recently, I'd HIGHLY suggest you take it back to them and have them fix it under warranty. All of the issues seem to be related. They should have fixed the issues the first time, if not the 2nd or 3rd times. Commented Oct 25, 2018 at 10:35
  • Did they find out what caused the head gasket to fail in the first place? If they didn't address this issue and just replaced the head gasket then the head gasket will fail again. You should definitely take it back to the mechanic and tell them what happened. Commented Aug 15, 2020 at 20:42

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Why don't you have your head gasket checked? Do the chemical test done on the radiator? This could be the course of your problem


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