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Broken Gasket? My car died yesterday and when I opened the hood to inspect and pulled out the engine oil dipstick I found that the oil level was half way up the stick and was the color of coffee with cream in it. I don't think this color is normal and the extremely high level of the oil is definitely not good. Did a gasket break and mix water or coolant in with the engine oil? And is this an expensive fix?

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  • a57stinson Feb 13, 2009

    Have a 1997 Grand Am that is leaking coolant and is getting worse. The leakage on the ground is on the inside of the front passenger tire. I am now putting coolant in the overflow tank every other day. Tonight the heat started running cold and then warm, switching back and forth but the engine never got hot. Have replaced the overflow cap because that is the side where it is leaking. Checked the oil, not milky but was half way up on the stick. What is on that side of the car that could be leaking? How do I know if it is the head gasket without having a pressure test?

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    Engine coolant mixing I with engine oil. How much to repair the head gaskets

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Yes the motors head gasket failed and to add on this it is an expensive fix but it is cheaper than buying another car but make sure u go to a well known shop and get a warrenty for the repair

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If the car stopped running the main cause of the mix is a blown head gasket or cracked engine block ! In the case of the car dieing
There is a strong possibility that the lower engine bearings are damaged causing low oil pressure and or knocking . Changing just the head gasket in this case would be a waste of time and your money ! Over 90 perecent of the time when the oil and coolant have mixed and the car driven there is enternal engine damage .

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