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Oil in water but no water in oil

Found coolant system resevoir full of oil and water but no water in engine block. Had no warning lights, no high temp, no oil pressure drop. Also noticed no loss in performance or smoke to indicate a head gasket problem.

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  • melissa75964 Feb 03, 2009

    i have the same problem and all of a sudden my car ran hot and now the place i bought the car from can't find what is causing this can you help me fix my problem

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I would have the fluid tested to be sure it contains oil before going any further.

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