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Was adding coolant to engine grabbed wrong can added motor oil by mistake what to do???? less than a quart of engine oil went into surge tank engine was not running

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As long as it did not go into the actual cooling system, siphon out the contents of the reservoir and add a good dis-washing detergent (dawn is best). Use hot water. siphon out the contents again and repeat till it's reasonably clean.A tiny bit of oil in the cooling system won't hurt (a visible haze) but too much can cause the hoses to deteriorate from the inside.

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Was adding coolant to engine grabbed wrong can added motor oil by mistake what to do???? less than a quart of engine oil went into surge tank engine was not running


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Unfortunatley the head gasket will have to be changed.
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