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I recently went on a trip from Michigan to Texas. While driving I noticed that my RPM's would jump from 1800 to between 2500 and 3000 with no added pressure on the pedal. It sounded as if it was reving up but the speed never changed and no more pressure was applied to the gas pedal. Also I checked the oil and was 1 qt. low. The cap would not come off and we eventually realized it was cross threaded. After getting the oil cap off it has a yellow slimy film on the inside and it smells like gas. What the heck is going on??

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If this is the case, it may be the same issue that i came across often with GM vehicles when i worked for the dealership, you may be getting coolant into your engine...

to verify this you should check your coolant resevoir and make sure its still orange. if its brown then you know for sure. the oil will be a creamy feel because of the coolant...sadly this means you need to probably replace the intake gasket. the more you drive this vehicle the more the chances are you will need to have new head gaskets (provided the coolant is indeed the issue)

once you have verified it is the coolant i would stop driving it and get it to your local mechanic asap. the sooner you get it fixed the better chance you have of not needing a new motor

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