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Make sure it is engine oil,and not transmission oil,If it does not run hot,and it is engine oil,the intake is most likely the problem.

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Sounds like u could have a leaky intake manifold gasket or a bad head gasket? is the oil or collant leaking exsternally?

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I have a slight amount of oil in my radiator, I had this years ago and my dealer fixed it and said it was something small. Anyone know what it maybe or had the same experience. Thanks


This is a concern that requires immediate attention. Oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil is an indication that the integrity of the engine has been compromised and a passage has developed between the oil and coolant.

Installed in some radiators is a transmission coil cooler that is connected usually at the bottom of the radiator by two metal tubes. A failure internally of the radiator could breach the separation.

Head gaskets that have coolant pass through openings can also be a failure allowing the liquids to mix.

Look for coolant in the engine oil.
Check for oil level overfull

Look for steam from exhaust

Hope this helps.

Have repair done ASAP at qualified shop
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Oil getting into water


if it is an automatic ( make and model omitted in question) there is every chance that it is transmission oil from a burst cooler in the radiator tank. The fix is a new radiator or and air to air cooler core fitted in front of the radiator. If the engine is a diesel or an engine that has a sump oil cooler then the oil core has burst allowing engine oil into the radiator vial the coolant system. It may be from a failing head gasket where the oil hole to the rocker gear is leaking across to a water jacket

Feb 26, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Kia sportage engine oil mix with coolant in radiator


if NO coolant in engine oil in block but ONLY in radiator- you have a internal leak in radiator- replace it BEFORE you get mix in engine...

Dec 22, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Oil in the radiator


oil in the radiator is from a failed transmission oil cooler that is in the radiator tank. You will also have water in the transmission oil as when you shut off the engine the coolant pressure may enter the oil lines through the crack in the cooler.

Sep 23, 2013 | 2003 Chevrolet Venture Passanger

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I have Mercedes Benz sprinter 210td 1998 170000 miles done,I got oil in radiator,engine not smoking,no water in exhaust,no over heating no creamy from oil cap,I change oil after 3000to4000miles,engine...


Consider if it is engine oil or transmission oil or power steering oil. Transmission oil or power steering oil would indicate a bad radiator. Engine oil could be a bad radiator also if the radiator includes an engine oil cooler ("extra cooling") but usually indicates an intake or head gasket leaking.

May 29, 2011 | 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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Engine oil in radiator ,no water in oil engine not over heating ,runs well ,possible fault. please


If you keep adding engine oil you have a blown head gasket. there are only two ways for oil to get in the radiator. blown head gasket, some one mistakenly add oil to the radiator

Jun 21, 2010 | 1996 Honda Accord

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There is oil in the radiator


could becoming from ur oil cooler lines that go into rad,,,could have internal crack in rad,,,pull dip stick out & ck to see if motor oil is low or a grayish color,,if ok ck trans fluid to see if is low,,have to find out what kind of oil residua is in the over flow jug

May 08, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Astro

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2001 Pontiac GP (3.8l l36) oil getting into


Remove timing cover and replace gasket. The pump is in the cover and I have seen gasket failure there that will cause oil in coolant. Your motor is a 3800.

Jul 05, 2009 | 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

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2001 F-250 Super duty V-10 small amount of oil in radiator


oil in a radiator indicates that the transmission oil cooler in the radiator tank has failed and leaking transmission oil into the radiator
there are 2 possible fixes
fix one is a new radiator
fix 2 is to give the radiator oil cooler a miss altogether and opt foe an air cooler mounted in front of the radiator
the advantages here are that the radiator then has a bigger capacity to handle the engine heat as there is no hot transmission oil adding to the engine heat
the second advantage is that the transmission oil is being cooled to ambient temp and not engine temp which makes for longer transmission oil life
the disadvantage is that it cost a bit more than a radiator initially but the long term savings are real
oil to air oil coolers are available from auto transmission shops and quality auto spares shops

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