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AUDI A3 2.0FSI 2004 water in oil with no or very little coolant loss

I'm stuggling to find the cause of water/coolant in the oil.. I have white smoke/steam omitting from my exhaust...seems worse due to the fact its a large twin rear pipe...and worse in colder climates. So i started to look for the cause, one being water/coolant mixing with the oil in the engine...i noticed the oil cap/dipstick have small milky deposits on them...not foamy/frothy.. the coolant level has dropped very slightly over 4 weeks, so i don't think its enough to cause the problem.. Am i missing anything obvious? No power loss, No warnings.. Recently has a service and mot (i'm in the uk) Any help would be much appreciated

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Does car heat. if dops water on dip stick it could meen crack in head gasket.milky collour in oil is aways signe water getting in ti sump. watch out for heating. change oil see if colour in oil changes good luck

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SOURCE: thick white smoke coming from exhaust

If it looks like a James Bond movie, you have a blown headgasket

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SOURCE: Water mixing with engine oil

5.7's had all kinds of problems with intake manifolds but it could also be a head gasket leaking. One way to check is to pull out your spark plugs and have a look at them. One of them will should be really white looking, that is the cylinder where the coolant is leaking into. A good rule of thumb (but not always true) is that if the coolant is leaking into one of the cylinders at the very front or very back of the engine, it is an intake leak. If the coolant is leaking in one of the middle cylinders, it is a head leak.
But the only way to know absolutly for sure is to pull the intake off and look for a break in the gasket, if you see that you know its the intake manifold. If you cant see any signs of leakage its probally a head problem. Another word of advice, there is an updated gasket from fellpro that lasts longer that the OEM gasket.

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SOURCE: engine oil mixed in coolant

this would more than likely be cause by a bad cylinder head gasket. I would bet 89% this is your problem.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009

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SOURCE: eating up oil but no visible leak on the driveway or underneath

Oops! Sounds like your engine block is cracked,or your engine heads are warped, or you need new head gaskets. The cheapest problem is the last one. However it still is not cheap. Most head gasket sets cost at least $100 or more. To see if you need head gaskets, after running the car for about 15 minutes, pull out the oil dipstick and see if you see oil or water bubbles on the stick. If you need head gaskets check ebay for your model, that's likely going to be your cheapest source. Also possibly the engine blocked is cracked internally. That explains the loss of oil AND coolant out the pipe. But this also comes with overheating, so if your car is not overheating then this may not be the problem. First advice: BE REAL CAREFUL! CONSTANTLY STOP TO CHECK AND ADD OIL AND COOLANT until you fix the problem. Another advice, take your car to a reputable repair shop and have the engine pressure tested for leaks to find the source. WARNING: Do not use engine block leak sealers, they mess up a lot of stuff on your engine, especially the radiator heater core.

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SOURCE: White smoke from Exhaust

hardly likely the exhaust job would cause that, but yes it sounds like you got a blown head gasket. badl lock stricks hmm! also preasure test cylinder head for leaks

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