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I have oil in coolant lots of oil its a 04vtx1800n its not brown looks like oil lots of slug milkie in upper coolant lines took apart gaskets dont look bad on head or jug im puzzeled

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Most likely there is a small crack in one of the heads that gets larger when engine gets hot. usually between the valves -they will have to be magnafluxed to be sure

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2. inspect the Engine; Cause: Cracked block leaking coolant into cylinders.

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