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Have an old Honda....1989. Noticed today there is oil in the radiator. Is this a big problem.

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It can be - look at the dipstick for the oil . If you see water in the oil or if the oil looks like coffee with cream, then you have a BIG problem, as it is quite possible you may have a bad cylinder head gasket , cracked block, or warped head, although there is the small possibility you have an oil cooler built into the radiator. To determine this, look closely at your radiator. If you see small lines coming off the side, then they will be either transmission cooler lines or oil. If your car has a manual transmission, then those lines may be oil filled, as only an automatic transmission would have lines to the radiator.. A pressure test of your radiator is in order, and your local shop can do this - as well as advise you as to whether or not you need what replaced or repaired.

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