Water in oil filler cap

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  1. jakelstr

    jakelstr Hellcat Member

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    I was changing my oil today for 3rd time and I took the filler cap off to find it covered in sludge. The oil itself that I took out looks OK. The coolant looks a little lower than I remember it but I might just be paranoid. Has anyone else seen this?
     

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    Are you doing short runs? Less than 5 miles at a time....might be condensation. How many miles?
     
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    At best that means condensation in the oil as in short drives not letting it heat up enough. Motor running to cold which is the same as the last statement. The last would be the worst b/c something would be letting coolant in. I would drop by my local service dept and have the service tech look at the picture as I'm sure you already cleaned it out. My 06 srt would do that but it had 130,000 miles and a 160 thermo. I'll go check mine for a comparison.
     
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    Checked mine and it's clear of any white, just some oil.
     
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    My Toyota Tacoma does the same thing in the winter months. I don't know if my HC does,because it stays safe in a toasty garage and watches winter though a window.
     
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    Definitely condensation. Coolant tends to stay emulsified in the oil.
     
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    I think I'm going to go by the dealer, I actually left it in the cap because I figured I'd let them look. I'm not super concerned because the oil in the drain can is normal
     
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    Report back what they find out for us. Could be condensation as mentioned before
     
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    Pull the radiator cap and take a look at it while your at.
     
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    I just went and check it, it only has water on it... It looks like there's some kind of grime at the fill level of the coolant but I can't get my finger down in it enough to collect a sample
     
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    Even with a plastic filler cap, it can collect condensation. Have you had cold weather? Short trips?
     
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    It may just be condensation but I'm taking it in Saturday because I have lost water over the last 9 months and also there's a crud building up in the coolant. Just doesn't seem normal but maybe it is. Here's a pic of my coolant reservoir.
     

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    NOT normal!! You may have a head gasket issue.
     
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    They just came out and told me that they don't believe there is a bad gasket, but they don't want to leave that gunk in the water either so they are draining the coolant and replacing it. They say that particular coolant has a tendency to do that.
     
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    I have seen this coolant do the same thing before. Haven't made sense of it either.
    Maybe you should have had them flush it becuse that gunk plugs up heater core and possibly radiator as well.
    How miles are on your car?
     
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