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Oil in radiator, car did not overheat

Volvo S60 D5 2004, oil in radiator, car did not overheat.

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  • Hannes Apr 22, 2009

    It is a Volvo, S60 D5 Diesel Turbo, 2004 model, manual transmission, 2.4 engine. There is no water in the sump, it did not overheat and the engine sounds fine, it is not misfiring.
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  • bigburly May 11, 2010

    Is the car a turbo? you could have a blown head gasket or if it is a turbo model WITH a water cooled turbo, some of the seals in it could be bad. If the car is an automatic, the transmission cooler is built into the radiator. Tranny fluid is Red. Engine oil and Antifreeze eventually make a chocolate milk shake colored goo.

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    Louis Magpantay May 11, 2010

    hi there,

    oil has higher viscosity than water,if exessive oil enter on the cavity of engine and radiator fin this could be resulted on obstruction flow,beside it is not recommended as engine coolant for all automobile,oil is lubricant for mechanical linkages,

    gears, piston.. etc to prevent on worn out,but on electrical transformer oil serve as coolant.also on ignition coil w/c uses oil as coolant.beside water pump is designed on water to circulate on cooling system of engine and heat was rejected to radiator,and if oil is circulated as coolant to engine and water pump will do this to circulate oil on system viscosity is higher,pump will work but there much work done by pump,and one thing it's more costly if oil as coolant on engine,and much more maintenance if we clean the cooling system,anyway on my opinion i'm not favor on that.



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The oil cooler tank on the side of the radiator has cracked and allowed oil into the cooling system. Replace the radiator and you will need to flush the cooling system A LOT. and be careful driving it for a while, the mixture can take a long time to clear out of the head which can cause it to overheat.

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Is this problem a known fault with the D5 engine?

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