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My catera has milky creamy stuff inside the oil, every warning light is on, but now it doesn't start at all, There's also alot of loose wires

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There is water in your oil i am not sure how to get it out you might try to change the oil but i am not sure if that will help or not but i do know for sure that you have water in your oil

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