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I have a 97 Saturn SL1 with engine oil in the coolant tank. Is the cause of the problem most likely a bad head gasket, cracked head or a cracked block? Please advise.

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Could be any of the above, you won't know till you dissassemble it,
Make sure it is engine oil and not trans. oil, if it's trans. oil then you got lucky, replace the radiator

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Everyone automatically assumes that oil and water mixing means a blown head gasket or cracked engine block. Of course common sense is usually not that common. Oil in coolant is a different problem than coolant in oil. The former is a low pressure leak, and could indicate only an intake manifold gasket. It could also be an early or small head gasket leak. Coolant in oil is usually a cracked block or torn head gasket, and has concomitant symptoms of white exhaust smoke and milky oil on dipstick. If you replace the head gasket and the problem persists, an intake gasket could have fixed the problem.

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