View Full Version : What does milky oil looks like?


bene
03-09-2007, 09:40 PM
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. :judge:

porksoda
03-09-2007, 09:44 PM
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.

Shinigami2x4
03-09-2007, 09:45 PM
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..

TWS
03-09-2007, 09:45 PM
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. :judge:

DropShipDave
03-09-2007, 09:52 PM
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..

bene
03-09-2007, 10:01 PM
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 ass 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.

Shinigami2x4
03-09-2007, 10:04 PM
You will know it the second it does happen.

porksoda
03-09-2007, 10:44 PM
Just know that it won't be black or see through like new oil.

01WS6/tamu
03-10-2007, 01:25 AM
If it's any shade other than honey for new oil or standard black for older oil ur fucked.

DRIVER456
03-10-2007, 08:33 AM
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

TWS
03-10-2007, 09:25 AM
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.

porksoda
03-10-2007, 10:40 AM
Here you go
http://i17.tinypic.com/2ahrt3o.jpg
http://i19.tinypic.com/2n0tqgj.jpg

bene
03-10-2007, 12:29 PM
^^^^ 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.