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Old 08-10-2008, 13:10   #1 (permalink)
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Oil in anti freeze

I went to change the oil today in my 3.8 and as it was draining I could see it was milky looking,so I let it all drain and there was alot of water in it,then Ilooked in the overflow tank and it has lots of oil in it,in fact I removed the tank and poured it into a clean pan and it looked more like oil the antifreeze,I assume this is a headgasket or cracked head,no smoking or overheating,but the fan does kick on often but its been hot out.Any thoughts or help determining whats wrong would be great thanks
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Old 09-14-2008, 17:32   #2 (permalink)
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Cylinder head gasket. Not uncommon for a100K+ 3.8 Ford V6.
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I am not familiar with the 3.8 but do not discount something as simple as a timing cover if it is similiar to the 5.0.
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The 3.8s have a history of head gasket problems. Do a search and I'm sure you will find a lot of info on the problem. My daughter has a 3.8 in her car and I'm always expecting to see the same symptoms.

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If the car doesn't smoke and run fairly okay and you said lots of oil mixed in the water, possibility that you have a bad gasket sealing between the timing cover and engine block.
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