As the title states, could a damaged water pump and cracked timing cover/gasket allow coolant to get into an area of combustion? Or, is this evidence of something more serious?
The timing cover has coolant channels in it and was hairline cracked during an accident; the gasket also shifted and broke. Coolant now leaks from the gasket when the system builds up pressure.
Coolant is clearly being burnt and expelled from the exhaust. It’s visible at idle only, but there have been one or two significant “puffs.”
I found a few posts on other sites about replacing timing cover gaskets to solve a burning coolant issue (on Ford engines), but this seems strange to me.