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What do I do If I Put Water Where the Oil goes in my car

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First off, dont run the car. Secondly fully drain the oil/water mixture from the sump drain screw and then refill with new oil.

Posted on Dec 05, 2012

  • Angela House Dec 25, 2012

    I Did this, however it still won't start. Any more suggestions. Thanks



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From my experience, oil and water mixed together produces a muddy, inconsistent, frothy slime. So you need an additive the will open your oil passages back up, and help your oil pump build correct pressure. A product called "Seafoam" is ideal for this. Add 1 can of Seafoam oil and gas treatment to your oil (don't overfill). When your temperature stabilizes, change your oil again and add 1/2 can of seafoam this time. You should be OK.

Now, before get to work on your car, consider any other possibilities that may have occurred. Perhaps the car had blown a head gasket and now water from the cooling system is crossing into the oil return port in the head. This would make the oil on the dipstick appear exactly as if someone put coolant or water in the oil fill port.

Another possibility is a cracked head. Not the end of the car's useful life but definitely a few days in the shop. Same oil appearance as mistaking oil cap for coolant cap and blown head gasket.

OK, so lets diagnose: Let the car cool down completely. Remove the radiator cap. Start the car and carefully observe the water in the in radiator or coolant reservoir.. I say carefully because the coolant can suddenly Kick up in your face, especially if the separations between oil, water, combustion chambers has been been breached. If you see bubbles or a splashing of water out of the radiator, then you'll have to deal with servicing the engine heads. Hope this helps, remember to keep the kids back from the car, wear safety goggles and gloves, don't get in a hurry, keep a log of what you do and in what order, and make sure the engine is cool. It should take no more than 30 seconds to make this initial diagnosis.

Nov 23, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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**°Blowing clouds of white smoke , Drips of water coming from exaugst.

blown head gasket. major bucks. of course did you put water where the oil goes. again major bucks. do not drive very long with engine this way. major major bucks

Nov 19, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Will a broken water pump cause anti freeze to mix with oil and drip

Yes, your water pump attaches to the front of the engine block. If a leak opens up between the two, coolant goes into the crankcase along with oil. That means water and oil are being circulated through the bearings and cylinders of your engine. Don't drive it in this condition.

May 10, 2017 | 2003 Chrysler Sebring

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93 camry overheats, white exhaust, no heat

you most likely have a blown head gasket on the exhaust side of the gasket where the water goes into the cylinder and not the oil! as far as no heat, have you checked your water level? if the head gasket is blown and the water is going out the exhaust then the water level would be low which would cause the car to not produce heat

Jan 14, 2013 | 1993 Toyota Camry V6

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Water logged my car & now it idles very high around 3000 rpm & wont drop unless you tap the gas

go to the test with scanner and computer for exactly diagnostic, otherwise you must waste time and money.
God bless you

Sep 18, 2012 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

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My car either has a cracked block, needs head gasket or? When I put water in the radiator, it comes out the oil pan without starting the engine.

I think a cracked block would be very unlikely. More than likely to be a head gasket problem. A decent mechanic shouldn't have any trouble pressure testing each cylinder to diagnose the fault. I'm assuming it's a V8? there are other possible causes also. Cracked head, faulty inlet manifold (v8, if it has water jackets in the manifold). I would have it checked out before assuming it needs a motor.

Nov 06, 2011 | 1997 Ford Mustang Cobra

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Oil is smoking near dip stick,won't go over 10 mph, now won't even start.It had been overheating for a while we filled it up with anti freeze 50/50 then the oil started smoking. 1996 chrysler concorde.

you did put the antifreeze mix in the radiator and not in the oil cap didnt you?

Sounds like you put the water where the oil goes!

you may have a jammed thermostat if you didnt do this, or badly out of whack ignition timing.

Jan 13, 2010 | 1996 Chrysler Concorde

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Changed thermostat,flushed radiator,fan comes on but it takes a long time,car temp guage goes all the way up to H(hot) until i turn heater on full blast then goes back to normal temp????

have you try to change oil? some times engine heat does' not just come from malfunctioning of the cooling system . But sometimes its the oil that runs to the engine . if the engine oil is dirty already it could also cause the engine to over heat. do to change the engine oil of your Acura Legend.

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2001 Dodge Durango 4.7 automatic . put in new radiator new thermostat hoses and cap , water pump is good as well , still runs hot water keeps flowing out of where the cap goes . No water in oil and no oil...

sadly it sounds like you have a blown head gasket...Does the coolant  smell like exhaust?  I hope you don't but, everything points in that direction.  Try bleeding the coolant system.

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1998 f-150 oil issues

that milky substance is just the result of not changing the oil enough, it is water and oil mixed. the water is just condensation that ends up at the highest point, the oil cap. clean it off and it should be fine. make sure that the oil is at the correct level.

Dec 11, 2008 | 2004 Ford F150

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