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    Blown head gasket?

    Today I was checking my oil for the hell of it, and I noticed that my oil is tan and milky....great, coolant in my oil. So I'm guessing that it's a blown head gasket. Is there any other way I could get a substantial amount of coolant in my oil other than a blown head gasket? And is there anyway I can be sure that I do have a blown head gasket? I want to be sure that's what the problem is before I go tearing into it. Looks like I may be doing a H/C swap in the near future.

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    have you been adding coolant lately? i would change the oil to comfirm and you can do a compression test and see if any of the cylinders are low, if its a blown headgasket normaly you will have to joining cylinders with low compression. Once you get the heads off and should be able to see clear as day where the coolant was entering the cylinder or oil passages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetorangess View Post
    have you been adding coolant lately? i would change the oil to comfirm and you can do a compression test and see if any of the cylinders are low, if its a blown headgasket normaly you will have to joining cylinders with low compression. Once you get the heads off and should be able to see clear as day where the coolant was entering the cylinder or oil passages.
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    I agree. Has the car gotten hot? Does it sit and get driven short distances to where maybe condensation could be building up? The reason I ask is you don't hear about these motors popping head gaskets a whole lot. It's not unheard of but it's also not very common.

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    The car hasn't over heated and I'm sure it's not just condensation. My oil level on my dip stick is much higher and the oil has a lot of water in it

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    they uset to have a tool you could test the coolent with and it could tell you but i dont know how well they work. most of the time you can start it and see if you smell some thing sweet in the exhaust.
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    they make a block tester, we have one at work. it is a fluid that changes color if it senses exhaust gas in the coolant

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue02Z View Post
    they make a block tester, we have one at work. it is a fluid that changes color if it senses exhaust gas in the coolant
    thats the one i havent sean one if a few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by INeedLS1 View Post
    Is there any other way I could get a substantial amount of coolant in my oil other than a blown head gasket?
    Cracked block or head is possible...not likely but possible

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    How about pressure testing the cooling system?

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    you could, but sometimes a head gasket wont show up till hot. i guess you can get it hot then test it. just be careful not to get burned

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    Another way they used to test is to put the emission sniffer in the radiator neck. If it detected exhaust then there was a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    Cracked block or head is possible...not likely but possible
    +1 hope not

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    How about pressure testing the cooling system?
    start here

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    Is there any change in performance, like poor acceleration going uphill?

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    Do a compression test first then a cylinder leak down when you narrow it down. You should get bubbles out the radiator when doing a leakdown with a blown head gasket

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    You can remove your radiator cap, start the engine, and see if you have any bubbles coming to the surface of the radiator once the thermostat is opened, if you do you have a bad head gasket.

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    Thats the other quick way

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