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Oil in Antifreeze overflow - 1996 Honda Civic

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Check your oil by pulling the dipstick. If it looks like there's coffee on it then you have an issue with either your head gasket, head or block - regardless it's time to have a shop look at it, as these are all complicated multi - step procedures . I would not drive it as you may kill the motor by driving -have it towed.
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  • hoffmeyd Nov 12, 2010

    The engine is running great. I checked the oil and the oil looked good but when I was checking the antifreeze I noticed it was dark, with an oil like substance in the overflow. I am not driving it since I found this just trying to get some ideas on how to go about fixing it this weekend.

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    George Hels Nov 12, 2010

    Your vehicle may have an oil cooler, and that may be the problem. Call your local auto parts store to find out if you do have one and if they have it in stock so you can see what it looks like - some are square and the oil filter mounts into them, others are part of the radiator, still others mount in front of the radiator. Since your oil is clean and it runs strong I would be sure that the oil cooler has sprung a leak. It is possible the previous owner added an aftermarket oil cooler to the car, so if this is the case you'll need to look it over real close to see if that is the case. A radiator pressure test would be in order, and if you don't have the equipment for that your local shop should. Hope this helps!!

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The problem is related to head-gasket.It sounds like it could be a blown headgasket. There is only one way to know for certain and that's by doing a leakdown test. You can check compression first if you want, your reading may be a little high on one cylinder if its got a leak.The head gasket needs to be replaced if its its blown or leaky head gasket.get it checked and confirmed. ------- Thanks.Helptech.

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