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2000 Chevrolet Astro Question: During Radiator flush I found suspected engine oil inside,mixed with cool fluid.

 

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wosf, Chicago, IL, April 08, 2013, 11:58
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What could be the issue?
is it worth to repair, truck run smooth,no somoke,rear differential serviced with new breakes disc,drums etc.
please advise.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13020 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper April 08, 2013, 12:51
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    was the fluid brown or straw berry colored. could be trans fluid or oil depending on color

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    wosf, April 08, 2013, 13:10
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    thanks for your answer, The cooland flushed was the orange color,the mix of fluid is brown with "tan" like tarr texture.

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    globalhelper, April 08, 2013, 13:13
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    could be intake gasket if you never overheated it. clean system out completely and monitor it to see if it happens agian or seek diag for which it is. headgasket or intake leak

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    wosf, June 04, 2013, 15:17
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    Thanks all for your tips & IDEAS, I took my best bet on a damaged radiator internal leak / damaged Water pump diagnostic.I didnt had a misfire on the engine & drained all the fluids again, changed the pump & washed (yes with dish soap my cooland passages in the block LOL) replaced with new hoses, thermostat,radiator & water pump, I almost drove another 3000 miles on this van and the issue isnt there no more! it took a 12 pack & a good friend willing to help to get it done.

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    pushrod April 08, 2013, 16:22
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    Trans. fluid and engine oil have coolers that run inside the rad. Prob. one of these is leaking into the rad. I dont think it is an engine problem!!

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    wosf, April 12, 2013, 17:38
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    Guys, I took the waterpump, and the radiator, also flushed the Engine oil.
    Engine Oil & Trans Oil are clean, Radiator is full of sludge like brown light chocolate mix.
    Should I put a new radiator? water pump?

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