I was given this car because it has oil in the cooling system. is there any other way that oil can get into it besides a cracked block, cyl head ? the car will start and run without skipping, each cyl is firing. i suspect the car ran hot. i'm trying to determin if i should pull and replace eng or pull the head. thanks mike email@example.com
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Re: oil sludge in the cooling system
Could also be a blown head gasket. The first thing I would do is to run a compression check on each cylinder and look for a large pressure variation on one of the cylinders. If you check the oil dip stick after it has been running a little is there any sign of the oil being frothy. Another thing to check while it is running is to run the engine with the radiator cap off and check for bubbles in the coolant. The compression check will tell you where the problem is.
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pink sludge --very serious
it is a failed transmission oil cooler allowing transmission oil into the cooling system
Oil and water do not mix and in a cooling system prevents the heat transfer from the cylinder wall to the coolant and from the coolant to the radiator fins
Probably engine oil, unless you have been adding water pump lube. The oil can come from a blown head gasket, or if you are lucky it can be the transmission oil cooler inside the radiator has failed and is leaking. Either way, DO NOT RUN vehicle until you fix the issue and change all fluids. There is a tester that is used to pressurize the radiator which may help determine what has failed. Many parts stores have a loan-a-tool program that may have this tester.
It depends on what is causing the brown sludge. More information is needed to make an asessment and prescribe a solution. Brown sludge can be caused by engine oil or transmission fluid mixing with the engine coolant, or it can be caused by severe corrosion in the cooling system due to lack of proper cooling system maintenance. The engine oil cause will most likely require head gasket replacement. The transmission fluid cause will require radiator replacement. The severe corrosion cause will most likely require a complete cooling system overhaul to properly correct it.
oil is getting into the cooling system through the oil cooler. the oil cooler is located under the intake manifold. After replacing oil cooler you need to flush the cooling system several times to remove all of the oil sludge
Sounds very much like your cooling system is full of ****. It would pay to have the cooling system flushed, including the radiator. If the sludge builds up it blocks the heater tap. This could also cause problems in regards to the cooling system as a whole, and potentially blow a head gasket. Check the color of the sludge. If it looks like a chocolate milkshake, it may denote a head gaset problem, and the sludge may actually be oil in the water.
Check the engine oil for a yellow sludge you should see it on the dip stick.If its just oil then it could be your oil cooler leaking oil into the water system.Or the only other thing that would cause this sludge in your water is the head gasket.
I have the same problem with a renault kangoo diesel , black thick oil in coolant --nice clean oil in motor , you have an oil cooler leaking oil into the cooling system , replace the oil cooler , I have not been able to get the black sludge out of the coolant internal parts , heater is blocked too , I thought of using kerosene to break down the sludge , but worry it might damage the hoses and they are not cheap, good luck
are you sure its oil in the antifreeze? oil is brown. your van should have dexcool wich is orange, not green.(looks red sometimes)check the coolant again and check the oil. if it looks milky or foamy, there is coolant in it. sounds like it may be a blown head gasket. not good. stop driving it if you want to save your engine. you need to replace the head gasket/s, and flush the cooling system.