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Old 10-20-06, 02:41 PM
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milky liquid in radiator.......unsure of severity.

I'm under the impression that milky water/coolant means the coolant seals are goin but i'm not sure. I searched for milky radiator and found nothing usefull but
i need to make sure what's going on.

as I said it is milky white water/coolant, which I assume are tiny little air bubbles. This car has never overheated as has a good 40-50K on the rebuild.............there is a chance that the coolant system needs a flush but i need some of your input on the subject.............
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odd... id flush out your coolant system and check again in a few days. have you preformed the bubble test?
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im wondering what would make it milky? white milky right?? all i know is that oil will do that?
what else would cause it?
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When was your last oil change? I drained a TII with a blown coolant seal and everything coming out of that was a foamy white oil.
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bout 3500 miles ago...........adding a bit of oil every 1500...........i'm changing it tomorrow though...... I haven't done any tests yet.....I noticed last night and I won't be able to check it till later tonight.....
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the radiator has a small leak at the top...............i'm picking up a spare I have at my parents and doing a coolant system flush and replacing the radiator on Tues............. I hope that's the end of it..............
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sounds like coolant seals, my 90 gxl did that when the seals went, check your oil filler neck and see if theirs like a condinsation foamy film in it.
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i know...............i know...........no foam or condensation on oil filler neck as of yesterday so i'm still hopefull
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i had the same thing happen, only my coolant seals were fine. It was the freeze plug behind the front cover that was mixing the coolant with the oil.

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but i have no coolant in oil.....only milky colored liquid in the radiator.......
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did you put any kind of additives when you first flushed out the coolant?...
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no..........just coolant and water........and water when the resevoir gets low.....
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well, here is an update:

the radiator was broken around the PAT.#............coolant was leaking from the edges...............I had a spare radiator and replaced the whole thing yesteday.........

I had a several issues during install ( I should know better than to overlook anything) but nothing serious.

I drove it last night with no issues.............but the coolant buzzer was going off a lot, especially at idle........it would go away under load ( i assume the sensor was not getting water at idle and the pressure of driving raised the water level).........

the radiator was leaking from the lower radiator hose and I tightened the clamp and added water...........that did not help at all, sO i came home for breakfast earlier and decided to double check the clam and it was not even on the hose......I took a risk, unclamed it and put it on the hose the correct way...........

what bothered me a bit was when I turned it on with the radiator cap off ( to top it off) and as I am pouring water in the radiator i saw bubbles........I know that's also a warning pointing towards the coolant seals but it was a fairly recent rebuild and has never been overheated....I will post any updates and please feel free to post any info, tips and suggestions.
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Originally Posted by satanicmechanic
thanks for the link......it might be helpful to someone or perhaps even me in the future. The thread title clearly says Radiator.......I changed the oil yesterday also and it was just a bit dirty.......no condensation or anything but oil.................which kinda negates my whole "coolant seal might be going" fear.
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I saw bubbles in the radiator again...........
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