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Going through oil quart every two-hundred fifty miles

Radiator overflow seems to have oil residue in it. engine is going through oil a quart every two hundred fifty miles but not that much on the ground. doesnt seem to be burning oil, it was going through radiator fluid but that has seemed to stop. trying to find a diagram for replacing a headgasket

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Scan to see if you getting a misfire or fuel injector fault.sound like one of cylinder not firing.

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

  • Jonah Oneal Jun 07, 2009

    sorry my computer went crazy.check crank case oil if it look like milk shake .if it does you have head gasket leak.or a intake leak can also dilute coolant with oil.

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