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Head gasket leak.. due to modifications?

Hi fellow Mini drivers, got a question maybe you guys can help me out with...

I bought my Cooper S recently and noticed that the previous owner had a leaking coolant tank which is in some 02 models a problem. This tank was replaced by my dealer at no charge because it was a Mini fault.

I modified my Cooper S with a smaller size pulley (15%) and crank pullley (2%) . Last week I noticed my car blew white smoke out of the exhaust starting the car, but not whille driving it. Brought it to the dealer right away and he concluded it was a leaking head gasket.

Question is now, is this due to my modifications or maybe possibility that the previous owner had the engine running on low coolant level due to the leaking coolant tank?

As i have read in some other posts I do not find any people having (heat / temperature) problems with smaller pulleys.

Please help!

It is better to be dead and cool then alive and uncool
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Hi fellow Mini drivers, got a question maybe you guys can help me out with...

I bought my Cooper S recently and noticed that the previous owner had a leaking coolant tank which is in some 02 models a problem. This tank was replaced by my dealer at no charge because it was a Mini fault.

I modified my Cooper S with a smaller size pulley (15%) and crank pullley (2%) . Last week I noticed my car blew white smoke out of the exhaust starting the car, but not whille driving it. Brought it to the dealer right away and he concluded it was a leaking head gasket.

Question is now, is this due to my modifications or maybe possibility that the previous owner had the engine running on low coolant level due to the leaking coolant tank?

As i have read in some other posts I do not find any people having (heat / temperature) problems with smaller pulleys.

Please help!

Different countries, different laws.
Here thay have to prove the pulley caused the leak. That would be hard to do.
There are literally thousands of pullied cars that have no head gasket issues.
They can still chooose to be a pain about it.
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