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Old 01-26-2004, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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...of a blown cylinder head gasket ??

Same question for a cracked head or block???

Sorry if this is lame and off topic...but...

..they won't let me post it in the FAQ sections...probably for the reasons i just pointed out.

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rough running/idle, white smoke from tail pipe, coolant in oil (milky looking or separated), oil in coolant, unexplainable fast coolant loss, no power, major oil consumption, overheating
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I got a problem...

HEAR ME NOW! (bit of humor in seemingly rough times)...

I have this e36 bmw manual...and I drive/take care of my mom's M3. (i can hear the insults now...but that is besides the point..stop laughing...keep reading).

I was reading the manual and stumbled upon this paragraph :

...talks about checking your oil...

"If the oil looks milky in color (my car's oil IS "milky" in some spots. Especially on the most upper part of the dip stick, just before it becomes a metal rod. Those 4 "corners" are really covered with "milk") or has water droplets in it (doesn't have droplets) the cylinder head gasket may be blown or the head or block may be cracked."

Thing is this car works fine! I've driven old beaters before...this is a VERY fine working car. Has 51 500 km... we got it at 47 200 km (I doubt the guy who had it roughed it up...hope not). No rough idling, starts with no hesitation...

I don't get it. The oil had a few "particles" in it too...they HAD mentioned that in the book too...WTF !! I don't know what they(garage) put in exactly.. 10W/40 I hope. used

Am i fucked? Or is it just an oil change? Though we did get one before winter.

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be sure not to confuse milky with suds or bubles. Sometimes after driving these cars, you can pull the stick and see bubbles/suds that could possibly be mistaken for a milky look. Can you take a digital photo and upload it? Wipe off the dipstick and recheck it. If you are really concerned, take it in to have the oil changed. Drain the oil into a pan so you can actually see what it looks like.
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I don't think it's simply "suds" and I'm over-reacting...

There really seems to be milky/golden/white streaks on the part of the dipstick that is in the oil..

I rechecked it like 3 times...and the third time it did look MUCH better...i dunno...

Taking a pic might be a lil hard, but I'll give it a try, I could always show it to my dad, he could maybe have a second opinion than mine.

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