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Hi all. l have a 2ltr petrol AAC 1995.

Been havin a couple of engine niggles recently, had an oil leak from oil sensors, resulting in me changing, also did oil filter, and no more leaks, usure why it happened?

Cleaning car and checking fluids today, noticed there was: a creamy colour on dip stick and a creamy substance on oil filler cap.:confused:

From experience this may be bad news?

Can members discuss possibilities?

Van is running well otherwise ;)

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I aint no mechanic. But from previous experience in seeing this it was the head gasket. But I hope I'm wrong
 

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head gaskett could have gone i'm afraid ,the symptons you describe is usually when water mixes with oil :(

might be wrong though
 

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could be oil cooler failure.. mayo on filler cap is normal if short trips (condensation build up).
moyo on dipstick is a new one, suggests a real problem.
 

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I think that it's condensation. Change the oil more often if you do short trips and from time to time you must do a long trip. Check if the block and head breather tube isn’t clogged.

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if the van is driving ok. ie its head gasket between water and oil is gone!
cheapest quick cure is new oil, filter but first put rad weld in radiator run it for a bit and leave over night. now change oil, filter flush rad and fill backup.

keep an eye on it you maybe in luck :D

otherwise its off with your head and gasket replacement im afraid :(
 

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I would say it could also be short driving trips. This time of year this phenomenon is far more common than you think.
The condensation in the engine never has time to boil off so it builds up over time.
Change your oil and try to avoid short journeys in winter.
If not this it will more than likely be head gasket, has your engine coolant frozen at any-time?
 

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common fault on a lot of older petrol vws in winter,

engine dont get warm enough to dry out the condensation and head gasket gone symptoms appear.

as above check coolant level, change oil and filter ( remove rocker cover and clean underneath if not too big a job ), avoid too many short journeys that dont allow engine to full warm up.

if that is all you do then let the engine warm up before doing journey ( risk of theft if not parked in secure location also £££ cost of fuel )
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try the old school method and cover front of radiator with some card to help engine retain heat in colder weather - like you see the older landrover drivers do.
 

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Have not used van much recently due to poor weather, my partner uses it for work, but has been made redundant so it has been idle for weeks, only short school runs.

Have not lost any coolant recently, changed it before cold weather and is running fine, not frozen?

Have a small coolant leak on the auxhiliary coolant pump, nothing of worry, just a drip now and again, was going to change pump, but no need.

Is there are test l can do to est if the head has become damaged?

Also, would l cause more issues if l drive it to my local mech mate 2 miles away?

If it proves to be a problem with head, i will use recovery van to move van to dealer or other garage that can do repaire.
 

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If its driving fine and not boiling over then its probably nothing more than condensation. Go and give it a good hard thrash and get it up to temperature. It will love you for it. I:
 

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Well, here is an update, took van to my local mech garage, he is an ex diesel fitter for John Raymond.

He did all the checks to est if water was entering oil and said "no" T: does not seem to be gasket issues as l thought *<:)>

He felt it is natural moisture collecting in the oil cap cuaing creamy substance, as the van is only doing short runs, so do not worryLOL:

So this is a big relief.

Is it worth changing gasket as a precaution or not ?

Seems to be sensible as gasket is only pounds, just the outlay for removing head and replacing/time.
 

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gasket may be cheap but you need £50 worth of head bolts as well
i had an escort petrol and i changed the gasket because of a creamy filler cap. yep nothing wrong with it either.
i wouldnt change one unless i had to but you can make sure you change the antifreeze regually as it keeps gasket/block corrosion down
 

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Definitely don't change it unless you really have to. It's a classic case of if it's no broke don't fix it.

As above. Oil change and coolant change.
 
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