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Milky oil dipstick but engine is running fine. No overheating

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SOURCE: 2002 Hyundai elantra overheating.

Sounds like the waters not flowing correctly could be thermostat or other blockage.Are radiator fans working when vehicle is at operating temperature?Generaly this is a thermostat fault or faulty temperature sensor.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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SOURCE: seem to be losing oil in coolant of 2003 impala 3.4

hello your intake gasket is most likely leaking internally into your engine.pretty common problem.the plastic and silicon gaskets get weak over time.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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SOURCE: overheating, water in oil

your radiator oil cooler went bad and coolant got in your oil so replace the radiator the cooler is built in!

Posted on May 14, 2009

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SOURCE: milky colored oil on dipstick

There are no head gaskets on a rotary engine and the milky colored substance is normal for a rotary engine mazda has a TSB out for this concern

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 chev 1500 with 350 vortec milky oil in dipstick tube

Sorry to say its your head gaskets. Probably from the overheating it wore out the gaskets. that milky stuff is your coolant mixing with your oil. Good luck. Suggest you take it to a pro. the gaskets are easy to change, it's everything else in the way to get to them that requires special tools and experience. Let me know how it goes. I have the same thing with my truck but not real bad. If your truck is running smooth and doesn't feel like its missing, or when your start it no puff of white smoke comes out your exhaust it's not that big of problem. if these are happening then i would get a quote.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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This milky substance does not affect engine performance or any other functions of the vehicle. During cold weather, moisture contained in blow-by gases (exhaust , oil, fuel, water vapor) is cooled by the intermediate housing wall and condenses due to difference in temperature. A chemical reaction between the moisture reacts and the engine oil in the intermediate housing will yield the milky fluid. This fluid then eventually dissipates
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