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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-20-2004, 12:55 AM
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Head gasket or Condensation?

The bottom 1/4 inch of my dipstick is milky [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]. The breather from valve cover to the air cleaner also has milky residue. Changed the oil and did not see any traces of water [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]. 500 miles later and the milky stuff is back. My daughter takes it to school and back everyday and it's only a 1/2 mile each way. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]. It goes a couple miles at a time, a few times a week. Is this a head gasket???? Strange how the dipstick has water on the bottom 1/4 inch, but I could find no water in the drained oil. What should I do next.... Thanks
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Re: Head gasket or Condensation?

Are you losing a noticable amount of coolant and dose it show signs of oil getting to it? You can buy a kit to pressure check your cooling system for leaks, but it's possible that you may not see a "very small" leak.

Also, I've heard of places that will allow you to send a small sample of oil to them for analysis. Haven't tried it.

Sounds more like the short drives are causing condensation build up to me. Can you switch vehicles with your daughter for a few weeks and see what happens?

Good Luck, post back with results. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Head gasket or Condensation?

If you are planning on a long drive with that vehicle, make sure you take a few quarters of oil with you. I'm sure it is condensation. I'd almost say it's a very unhealthy use of this vehicle, because it never gets to heat up properly. Your engine gets polluted quite bad inside, if you don't take it out for longer trips. These engines need at least 10-15 miles to reach operating temperature (not only the coolant, but all parts and oil). Be aware that heating up boils out the condense and lowers the oil level. You won't find any water in your engine, because it is mixed up with the oil (mayonaise) turning you oil light yellow.
I don't think you have a bad head gasket. The use as you describe it, may eventually lead to a headgasket problem, because it only seals right with a properly heated enginge, but it might take years without a leak. It might lead to oil consumption because of bad lubrication, but that also takes it's time.
One extra risk: because of the condense your engine might get overfilled, causing blown out seals, so check your oil level regularly.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-22-2004, 12:58 AM
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Re: Head gasket or Condensation?

I'm going to do a oil analysis for piece of mind. Cost is aprox. $20 bucks(Blackstone). Don't want to let daughter take my new truck to school. That's why she's driving my oppps her jeep. Thanks for the replys. Sounds like I might not be banging the knuckles up afterall [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]
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