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Old 04-10-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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So far the only thang thats been mentioned is a little sludge under the oil cap, not a reason to hit the panic buton and start dumping stop leak in the radiator or crank case, the op stated there wuz nothing wrong with the oil he drained, my suggestion go back with a descent oil and keep a close eye on it, check the dip stick every few day's. If everythang looked good and it was mine I'd go ahead and do a quick oil change in about 1.000 miles, hey it's been a heck of a winter.
You are right. He has to make sure there is a problem first. Stop leak is always an emergency temp fix. Once I had a water pump start leaking badly while at the beach. A can of stop leak got me back almost 200 miles to where I could fix it. Another time I had a heater core start blowing steam while on another trip. A can of stop leak allowed me to drive the car several more days untill I could also fix that too.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:35 PM
 
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You are right. He has to make sure there is a problem first. Stop leak is always an emergency temp fix. Once I had a water pump start leaking badly while at the beach. A can of stop leak got me back almost 200 miles to where I could fix it. Another time I had a heater core start blowing steam while on another trip. A can of stop leak allowed me to drive the car several more days untill I could also fix that too.
Yea, well he was at home doing a oil change and getting info from a neighbor, I'd use stop leak as a last resort or to get the last bit out of a whopde I wuz fixing to trash anyway.Course sometimes you gota do what you gota do.
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Townsend, Massachusetts
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Thanks gentlemen I will keep an eye on the dipstick. Sure hope you guys are right about it just being a winter thing. The car was only driven for very short distances this winter which someone had mentioned could have possibly contributed to the sludge. Thanks again everyone, I'll keep you posted.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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With your engine hot, shut it off. Pull dipstick and put a drop or 2 of oil, from the part of the dipstick that has been in the crankcase, on the exhaust manifold. If it boils it has water in it. Oil will not boil at that temp, water will and they don't mix.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:43 AM
 
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Did it look like this? If so, it's a typical sludge/condensation problem. What kind of oil do you use?



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Old 04-11-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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I agree with the others that are saying it is a sludge/condensation issue. Your motor develops condensation when it cools. The more short infrequent trips you do, the worse the issue gets. I would clean it up, change the oil and then simply monitor it from there on it to see if you really have a problem.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Townsend, Massachusetts
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Did it look like this? If so, it's a typical sludge/condensation problem. What kind of oil do you use?


Yes that is what it looked like. Thank you all
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Townsend, Massachusetts
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Did it look like this? If so, it's a typical sludge/condensation problem. What kind of oil do you use?


I believe it was Quaker State 5W-30.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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You know, I started to ask if you used Quaker State oil. QS seems to be more inclined to condensation problems.

That's one of the reasons it's also known as Quaker Sludge.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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Well ok. DONT EVER USE STOP LEAK IN A HOPE that you may fix the problem..JUST GO AHEAD AND PAY 3000 BUCKS NOW AND HAVE THE ENGINE COMPLETELY DISASSEMBLED IN ORDER TO MAKE THE REPAIR THAT WILL STOP THE LEAK...LOL why spend 5 bucks when you can spend several thousand....
Why fix it correctly when you can Mickey Mouse it up for $5.00, right...??
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