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You have a rust issue. Although I have seen summer coolant that is brownish. You need to flush the system, and put new coolant in.

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Coolant is brown


brow and muddy color usually is a sign of not using enough antifreeze to protect system from rust.
drain the radiator and completely flush the system. use a quality flush system from the auto parts store. after system is flushed so it only flows clean water after draining a few times then empty system and refill with 50/50 antifreeze /water and make sure system is cycled through 5-6 time to make sure air is purged from the system

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Car is running hot and oil is white/brown color when i pull the dipstick


If the oil is white/brown.. Then that means that water got into your oil somehow. If it's running hot then make sure you have coolant in the coolant resivor.

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What should i do if the coolant in my radiator is brown looking


Being a 1992, If you have never had it flushed I would highly recommend having the cooling system flushed and refilled. It just depends on how severe the coolant strength and color is. New coolant is pink or orange in color and you may have one of these installed in your engine or mixed with the old green coolant and the color will be brownish. If thats the case I would still recommend getting it flushed the 2 different coolants don't mix well and cause it to gel in heater cores and small passages.

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The oli is getting into the water but not water into the oil?


Is coolant oil color now pink or brown?

If pink, transmission oil cooler failed.

If brown engine oil cooler failed, oil pressure is higher than coolant pressure.

Check the oil cooler for corrosion internally, problem is common.

Possible head gasket failed or worse, head cracked..

Jan 08, 2011 | 1997 Audi Cabriolet

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Engine oil so much dirty.color brown,is it possible diluted with radiator coolant???.


If it's brown like a chocolate milkshake, then there is coolant in the oil. Otherwise it's likely dirty and needs to be changed. Hope this helps.

Sep 07, 2010 | 1994 Nissan Maxima

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Coolant has oil in it. The fluid in the radiator is a brown color . What to do????


get it flushed out and replaced with new coolant but it looks like early signs of a head gasket starting to go .after flushing keep an eye on color if its the same brown color two weeks later you have a bad head gasket.

Feb 10, 2010 | 1995 Buick LeSabre

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I have an 2001 Mercedes-Benz c240...What color should the coolant be that is used in this car. I paid to have it flushed but the coolant in it looks a greenish-brown color...is this right? Not sure they...


Hi. apparently the mechanic did not rinse the contents out completely after the flushing was administered. During the flushing of a radiator, there may be a good amount of debris that will build up, due to the flushing compounds effect on the crude inside the radiator. This is why there should be a rinsing stage to clean out all that is removed, via the flushing procedure. If the rinse is not done correctly, some of the contaminates will be left behind to mix in with the new radiator fluid. The rust/debris will mix contaminate the new fluid that is poured in, thus, causing the brown color you have noticed.

Most radiator fluids will be green, or orange in color, but never brown or greenish brown. This greenish brown will indicate that there is some rust deposited that were not rinsed out properly, after the flushing of the radiator. I would return the vehicle to the mechanic to request a re-flush of the radiator. They should do it for free.


NOTE_ A more serious issue will be a damaged oil cooler. this will cause the same symptoms within the color of the fluid, if your vehicle is equipped with this device. Once the oil cooler has ruptured, it will cause the engine oil to be transfer into the radiator, thus, changing the color of the fluid.

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Should coolant be brownish in color? I have air but no heat. The solution given was great, in checking the coolant it appears to be brown should it be?


no the coolant that year should be green,its either got oil in it,which i doubt as it would be very oily, its probably just very old and dirty i would flush that out before winter,it could have had a coolant leak and someone added stop leak to it and thats what gave it that color,but that stop leak stuff blocks the heater cores up,,,or you could have a stuck thermostat as to why you got no heat

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I topped up my coolant tank with premixed Prestone (green).


Wayne, GM started using Dex-Cool coolant in '96 (u call it red, I call it orange), @that time that was all u could (or should) have used in GM vehicles, my manual even says 'do not mix dex-cool with any other type antifreeze.' But since then, Prestone has come out w/ a formulation for ALL vehicles, and I checked their website, and it states that this new formulation is compatible with all others, regardless of color. So u are ok with topping off w/ the new stuff. Going back to my early school days , I believe orange(red) and green=brown? So, it may not look nice, but your brown coolant is ok. Curt

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