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Water entering the oil and crankcase

Brown foam under oil cap

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Uh oh this is a sure sign of a blown head gasket .must be shutdown and repaired .if you get steam out of tailpipe then that is surely your problem.driving as is will ruin engine cylinder and you know what that means.. Chris

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Maybe someone does not like you and poured water into your crankcase. Since water is heavier than oil it will sink and be the first to come out. If oil has mixed a bit with the water you will get a nice lite brown sludge coming out. If your coolant has leaked into oil passages internally you will have that problem.

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When you change antifreeze an air pocket is created in engine behind thermostat. You must let it run until the thermostat opens. Until then, liquid will boil backfkowing through bottom of radiator.
As for milky look, blown headgasket would cause white foam that if left alone wouldclear up. Otherwise it could be an additive in the fluid such as rust preventative.

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check your oil dip stick and under the oil cap to see if there is a milky brown foam. If so there is water in the oil. This can cause white smoke.

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How do i know if my head gasket is blown

yes that is for it to be leaking on the exhaust side and crankcase side but it also may be leaking on the exchaust to water jacket side also check this by visually inpecting for bubbles and exhaust fumes in the radiator. do not take the cap off while engine is hot do so only when cool and only run the motor until the thermostat opens and you see the water circulating and if it has exhaust smell or excessive bubbling or oil you have a problem.

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I have replaced everything I can think of to do with cooling the engine. The radiator , thermostat, water pump , and hoses but its still overheating

Check for water in the oil. A faulty headgasket can lead to overheating. It'll look like a light brown frothy foam above the oil line on your dipstick. It can also accumulate inside the oil filler cap.

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Oil cap and dipstick covered in creamy sludge, is this breather prob as not losing any water

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My 1999 Ford Expedition XLT started loosing coolant and the engine started heating up. I have replaced the thermostat, but it made no difference. There are no signs of a leakage, and no puddle are found...

check the motor oil to see if the level is higher on the dip stick, also remove the oil filler cap and look at the side that goes into the engine, see if the cap is clean or has a light brown milkshake look to it.
if you find the milkshake under the cap or the motor oil is much higher than normal the coolant is leaking inside the crankcase. continued driving will ruin the crank bearings.
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The vehicle began showing low oil pressure message on message center, also stalls. What are possible causes and solutions

check the condition of your oil(black, brown, or beige). also check under oil cap for what looks like cappichino(water in oil, blown head gasket).

if the oil is in good condition, check the radiator over flow for the tell tail cappichino

if water and oil are fine, the oil pressure sending unit could be defective.

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Car experiencing a sputtering when excellerating. Noticed it was getting hotter when I would excellerate and the needle would drop back down when my foot was off the excellerater. Also the oil light...

This really sounds like you have a leaky head gasket or worse, a cracked water jacket. You may be getting coolant into your crankcase, which would "water down", so to speak, your oil and cause you to lose oil pressure. I do not know what you mean by your "oil registering fine". I presume you mean the level on the dipstick. Do you keep losing coolant? Is there any brown/white milky sludge under your oil cap or on your dipstick? If so, you most likey would have a head gasket leak.

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