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My Volvo s60 2001 is running hot and leakin oil

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Running hot can indicate a number of problems ranging from low coolant to a defective thermostat to a blown head gasket. A few quick things to look at would be coolant level (look in the overflow bottle or ensure the car has had ample time to cool off before removing any cooling system components, including the overflow or radiator cap). If the coolant level is normal, I would check the engine oil on the dipstick. If it appears milky or foamy, you have likely lost your head gasket. If both of those appear normal, let me know, and I will guide you further.

Volvo had a bad run of radiators from 1999-2001. I have had 4 different models in those years, and all the radiators failed in exactly the same manner and in the same spot. On the passenger side of the radiator, easily seen by looking from the engine to the front of the car, about 8 inches from the top of the radiator there was a split which leaked coolant, not much at first, but it got worse with driving until I couldn't keep coolant in it.

Volvo also has issues with oil leaks, particularly from the cooler attached to the oil pan on the back side of the motor, and from the crankcase ventilation system. I would need to know, specifically, where the oil is coming from, as that will indicate which system would need to be investigated further.

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