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Recently, I have replaced the radiator water pump and thermastat...everything was smooth up till bout 2 weeks later truck started running ruff pulled over and it died, checked oil had coolant all in it drained the oil today been draining for close to a hour already filled up one oil container now have a old oil pan catching it...my question is with this much coolant in the oil what would be the problem cracked block,head gasket,cracked head,intake gasket,water pump, or oil cooler what could have caused it?

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Cracked head or bad headgasket

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