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Coolant leaking into Oil

I have a 93 camaro with the v6 3.4 and it is leaking coolant into the oil. I checked my oil and it is milky colored. how do I know if it is a head gasket or a cracked head or block

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  • javi7286 May 23, 2009

    ok I wanted to clarify some stuff the car is a 93 camaro not 83 as it shows. And I did notice some loss of power and overheating. I went with my gut feeling and have taken the heads of the block already. I figured I would see noticeable crack on the head gasket, but I haven't. So at this point I am starting to worry that it maybe wasn't the head gasket. Thanks anyhelp would be appreciated, sorry for the long explanation.

  • Dan Todd May 11, 2010

    If it were a head gasket you should be able to hear the shh shhh shhh sound as the engine runs.

    The best thing you can do is get it to a shop you trust and usually they can tell by listening. I'd stop driving it. Have you noticed a big loss of power?

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Check and see if your radiator was low the oil cooler in the radiator could be bad then the antifreeze would get into the oil!

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If you take your radiator cap off when your car is cool, then crank the engine, you can watch the water level. if the water sprays out immediately, it is most likely a gasket, either head gasket or intake. If the engine has to warm up a little before bubbles appear in the water or it begins to run over, then it will probably be a cracked head, as the crack would have to warm up and expand to allow the water to leak through. Let me know if this helps :)

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If the car has alloy heads or head and you have used water as a coolant and not the required coolant it is possible that the head has corroded through the coolant wall and into the combustion chamber as my ford did to me back in 1990, it was due to the ford motor company leaving casting sand in the block when the car was built new and caused the corrosion. Either of those problems require the head to be taken off to fix.

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