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zukiracer19
12-15-2009, 09:33 AM
pics i got, pretty stumped, i dont see how condensation is an issue here... my dipstick is clean as a whistle.

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zukiracer19
12-15-2009, 09:37 AM
Would seafoam fix this?

Panacea
12-15-2009, 11:26 AM
The milky substance can be normal if you have many short trips where the engine can't warm up to it's optimum temperature. The engine won't burn off excess moisture and it creates that milky crap on top.

Without seeing if your gasket appears to be leaking, it's hard to say. Since it's cold out, and if you do take frequent short trips, it would appear to be normal.

KhellendrosxS
12-15-2009, 11:28 AM
My valve cover and cap get like that in the winter. Getting the car hot for a while will eventually evaporate the moisture out of there if the LIM isnt leaking. If your dipstick oil is still OK then you should be fine.

You arent having to add coolant are you?

GrandAmGTTT
12-15-2009, 11:29 AM
ya i looked at mine the other day and had white on the cap but the dipstick was fine and the oil looked normal after running it.

zukiracer19
12-15-2009, 11:56 AM
Not that i know of, but I've had recent low coolant light trips, like it comes on, than goes off, figured air bubbles or something. one time it did look low there was nothing in resovoir, so i added some and it all ended up coming out the overflow, but i leave my car idle till its around 150 than I will start to drive it, or if RPMs lower to normal.

Also, after a week of letting the car sit i decided to move it in the driveway to get worked on, ended up not wanting to move, like something was stopping it from moving.. could it be because this stuff is all gunked up on my rockers and springs etc etc?

Will seafoam clean all this stuff out?

XtremeGaGt00
12-15-2009, 12:21 PM
i dont think just from the last time you had the engine apart til now would cause that much condensation in the motor..i think somthing is wrong, id try pressure testing it and watch to see if you loose pressure when you pump the system up..and make sure your coolant is full before you start. lmk the results..my .02 cents

GrandAmMe
12-15-2009, 01:05 PM
Mine is exactly the same. Just condensation. If your car runs it would not cause your car not to move.

KhellendrosxS
12-15-2009, 03:48 PM
FWIW seafoam in the crankcase needs to be drained out within 50 miles.

zukiracer19
12-17-2009, 01:44 PM
drove for about 50 miles, but for some reason, it will not stay running... wont idle what so ever rpms drop at like 500 than shuts off

GrandAmMe
12-17-2009, 01:52 PM
drove for about 50 miles, but for some reason, it will not stay running... wont idle what so ever rpms drop at like 500 than shuts off

Sounds like a vac line. Is the turbo still intact?

zukiracer19
12-17-2009, 02:48 PM
Sounds like a vac line. Is the turbo still intact?

Yeah I just put it back on..

Now what I put everything back on the same.. but anytime i put vaccum to blowoff-valve car instantly shuts off... or it will run fine if i pull it off the BOV, but if i cover that part of vaccum line it shuts off again..

[ChaosweaveR]
12-17-2009, 03:03 PM
When my LIM started go, I got that milky build up, then again, my thermostat was starting to go at the same time. I'd suspect those two.

zukiracer19
12-17-2009, 03:29 PM
thermostat was changed when i put turbo on, along with everything else... about 16,000 miles ago.

[ChaosweaveR]
12-17-2009, 03:29 PM
That's a bit odd, what does the DexCool look like? Clean? Chunky?

93white3400z
12-18-2009, 08:28 PM
Sorry to say, but mine looked exactly like that when I had a blown head gasket. Couldn't see anything on the dip stick either. Try a compression test or just drop the oil and you will see.

GrandAmMe
12-18-2009, 10:46 PM
Sorry to say, but mine looked exactly like that when I had a blown head gasket. Couldn't see anything on the dip stick either. Try a compression test or just drop the oil and you will see.

Yeah but yours could of been a early catch. This is different. I can look in the valve covers and see nothing but clean oil. This isnt un-common at all in this weather.

350rs
12-18-2009, 11:25 PM
all of the chevy v6 motors are bad about condensation in the valve covers. hell, as far as i know, any motor is bad about it in the cooler weather. If your dipstick is clean and your not loosing/mixing coolant i wouldnt worry about it. But as far as your idle issue,, i cant help you there seeing as how your running turbo. Could be linked with that, might not be. Do the typical search for leaks.