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Coolant mixed with oil

Had my coolant flushed and refilled. Recently coolant was getting low. Wasn't any leaks on the ground or anything. Started car to warm up, and it shut off. Didn't have any signs or warnings. Car doesn't start, and chocolate milk substance on dipstick. Was told it was something wrong with my head gasket. Should I repair the engine, get another engine, or just sell the car?

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One way to check if it is the head gasket is to top up the water coolant tank to the normal level and then turn the engine over on the key. If bubbles appear in the water tank this would suggest that headgasket was leaking pressure into the cooling channels around the engine and this loss of compression would be stopping your engine from working.

If you take it into a garage they will pressure test the engine to see if it is leaking and from where (sounds like head gasket if water and oil are mixing).

If it is the head gasket then this can be an expensive job to fix. The top of the engine needs to be removed and the gasket (which is a seal between the head and the main block) will need replacing. If the head has warped due to overheating before the head gasket went this would mean it will need scimming to make it flat again.

I would reccomend getting a qoute for the work before the head is taked off as the mechanic wont know if it needs scimming until the engine is taken apart and by that time you will have to pay for the work upto then. You may have to then decide to scrap the car if the cost is too high.

Depends what sort of car it is and how much it is worth. Get a qoute for the work and then go from there..

Posted on Jan 20, 2013

  • Jamila J. Jan 20, 2013

    My car never overheated.

  • Andrew Freeman Jan 20, 2013

    The head gasket could go due to overheating or for a number of other reasons. Some engines are prone to this happening and some are not. Or if it is a high milage or older car the gasket could just have perished away..


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You have a blown head gasket,call around to find a good mechanic to fix,may be more than a head gasket.Here's the cost to repair,dealer is 821.23,shop mechanic is 665.95 and do it you self is 53.18,takes 6.9 hours for both shops and 8.8 for the do it yourselfer.Prices will vary.

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Could be that the intake manifold gasket is bad.

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