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Old 03-09-2007, 08:40 PM   #1
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I tried to look for a simple picture of milky oil in the net but google couldn't come up one for me.

Is it like sludge/thick? What color? The symptoms? Smell? I never seen a milky oil, so any info is nice. Picture is worth a thousand words though.
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It looks just like it says...MILKY. Like from a cow but more brownish and foamy. I'd post a pic but I'm at work. I just seen someones pic of it today too. They had pulled a valvecover and it was VERY milky.
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Milky oil is fairly thick, just like oil and really light. kinda like Coffee with creamer in it. usually milky oil comes form a number of symptions, i believe one being antifreeze leaking into the oil system. Smells like oil..
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If you mean oil that's been contaminated by coolant, it will look like tan to brown "milkeshake". It will be pretty damn obvious. You don't need a picture. If you catch yourself looking at it and thinking "gee, that looks a bit like a milkshake" then you have contaminated oil.
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Milky oil is fairly thick, just like oil and really light. kinda like Coffee with creamer in it. usually milky oil comes form a number of symptions, i believe one being antifreeze leaking into the oil system. Smells like oil..
Almost always from the head gasket being blown..
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Soo, which one is it like a foamy chocolate milkshake or a coffee w/ creame? I'm sorry if this is sounds like a smart *** question but I'm trying to put picture this in my head. A milkshake or a coffee w/ cream coming out of the engine drain plug.
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You will know it the second it does happen.
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Just know that it won't be black or see through like new oil.
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If it's any shade other than honey for new oil or standard black for older oil ur fucked.
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Milky oil is sometimes caused by to much moisture that builds up.It happens alot on cooler days and driving short trips.The oil does not get hot enough to burn off any moisture.Its a good idea to get the oil temp up to about 200* to burn off any moisture thats in the oil. Its not good during the winter months if you store your car and its cold to start your car for a few minutes to get the oil flowing and then shut it off...................Paul
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If it's any shade other than honey for new oil or standard black for older oil ur fucked.
Yeah, to put it delicately like he did.

Broh, you are over-thinking this. If your oil is contaminated, it will be pretty obvious.

Like Paul posted, condensation can build up if you don't get the motor up to normal operating temps. ie. driving the car only very short distances over a period of time. Another source for contamination is when you have coolant coming up a head stud or head bolt. It's not always a blown head gasket.
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Here you go

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^^^^ Ack! Daaaayum. Thanks for the picture. Much clearer to me now. I do drive to work in a very short distance. I say about within 3 miles. About 5 min drive w/ traffic.
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