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Oil in the coolant

There is oil in the coolant of my 1996 saturn sl1. found no traces of coolant in the engine oil, only oil in the coolant. just looking for possibilites of what it could be. thanks.

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    Deanna Opgenorth Mar 19, 2009

    Chocolate milkshake coolant. '96 SL1, 118 K miles.

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Could be the head also, but eithe way, you need to take the head into the machine shop to have it inspected before putting it back on.

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It could be a blown head gasket or trying to go out anyway or you coould have a stuck valve

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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