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Seems like head gasket. got cream on dipstick but not in rockers. strange one... water is fine, no drop in power.. just cream on dipstick... can you help...

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  • symonc1 May 15, 2009

    i have found the prob you will not belive.... the water pipe which is direct above the beather was leaking but this is the funny bit there was a small tear in the breather pipe and amazing i no but the drips were going streight in the tear is.the only thing now is do i need to flush the oil and or would i get away with it as its only on the dipstick would it sort itself out over time and having it warm up... cheers sy

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YES U HAVE A LEAKING HEAD GASKET, MAKE SURE U CHECK THE COOLING SYSTEM OVER AND VERIFY IT IS DOING IT'S JOB, SOMETHING MUST HAVE CAUSED THIS GASKET TO GO, RUNNING HOT IS THE USUAL SUSPECT REASON.

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