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zzark
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11/20/2005
15:51:53

Subject: cottage cheese in oil
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I checked my oil and on the dip stick was a white, kinda thick substance that looks like cottage cheese.
What is it??

I finished installing a new water pump yesterday, Sat.
Could I have gotten coolant in the oil? How?

The Amsoil is only a month old. Will I have to drain and install new oil?

Thanks
zzark



Gregg
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11/20/2005
17:20:26

RE: cottage cheese in oil
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The white emlusion is water. If the truck has been sitting along time, there may be traces on the dipstick from condensation. After normal operation there should be no white traces. Perhaps the water pump project breached gasket allowing water into the crankcase.

Remember, it's the last thing you did that will most likley introduce a new problem. Trace it fast, engine oil mixing with water is critical.



shdow
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11/20/2005
17:25:59

RE: cottage cheese in oil
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sorry to say you have a water leak
emulsified water most common source would be blown or leaking head gasket coolant getting in
pop off valve covers and retorque head bolts
I would investigate pronto hope it's not warped head gaskets not end of world to replace just a dungload of R&R

unless you had a bad flood and the water got sucked in somehow ie:broken oil pan gasket

drain oil and filter (keep eyes out for water)(it will come out first) put new oil and filter in and drive it on dry day
if it repeats suspect head gasket
the head is full of cooling system holes to cool head down lil cracks and it can leech into oil holes

also look in radiator for black specks also oil that would confirm weak or failed head gasket


good luck

also check the water pump gasket



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11/20/2005
19:06:11

RE: cottage cheese in oil
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have you changed the timing chain recently?



zzark
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11/20/2005
19:18:30

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Thanks guys.

NO timing chain, just the new water pump.
I hope the new gasket is ok, I'd hate to have to repeat the job.

zzark



Joe M.
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11/21/2005
10:00:59

RE: cottage cheese in oil
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i wouldnt think head gasket yet
theres a few small things to consider first

ZZark do you take more short drives then long ones?
reason i ask the engine has to reach FOT (full operating temp) and maintain it for a period of time to burn off moisture
short drives and a colder T-Stat mean you need a longer running time

change the oil and filter soon as you can
if your seeing it on the stick then your filter has realy soaked up quite a bit




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