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Engine oil is getting in engine coolant and the resultant mixture is escaping though the radiator overflow container. The oil level on the dipstick drops significantly after a short drive. The GM dealer said it was the radiator, but after replacing the rad, the coolant-oil mixture is still escaping, and the oil level is down. There is no coolant evident in the oil - just oil in the coolant.

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Need to inspect cylinder head and gasket, for leak or damage, visulization is needed carefully,

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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    columbus jones Apr 01, 2014

    ive taking it to three different places.cadillac said they would have to take the engine apart,and it will b cheaper to buy a used on,the other one said its a small leak but he didnt know where it was coming from,n the other one said he didnt see that it was that bad n to change the oil n have my radiator pressure flushed

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Why is my car loosing antifreeze


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2. There is an external leak in the system which could be from a hole or crack in the radiator(especially the plastic sections) or a hole in a radiator hose or there is a loose hose connection.

3. The water pump gasket has deteriorated and coolant is escaping from around the water pump fitting.

4. There is a crack in the coolant overflow reservoir and coolant is leaking out.

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1. Coolant is escaping into the engine's cylinders in which event you will see white smoke coming out of the exhaust and you will also have combustion gasses leaking into the coolant passages which will cause bubbles and overheating of the coolant. This problem will be due to a failed cylinder head gasket, a crack in the cylinder head or both.

2. Coolant is escaping into the engine lubrication system and in that event you will see evidence of coolant in the engine oil. Pull the oil dipstick and check the condition of the oil. If it looks a bit like chocolate milk and not just normal oil colouring you have coolant in there. Also check the radiator cap when the engine is cold. There may also be evidence of oil in the radiator coolant that is stuck to the radiator cap and around the neck of the radiator.
This problem will also be due to a failed cylinder head gasket or a crack in the cylinder head or both.

Whatever the cause in your case don't hesitate to have it checked out by a competent professional If you lose coolant and you allow the level to run significantly lower than normal the engine will overheat and you will cause very expensive engine damage.

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Do not remove radiator cap to add coolant to system. When adding coolant to maintain correct level, do so at coolant reserve/overflow tank. Use a 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol antifreeze containing Alugard 340-2 y and low mineral content water.
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