I installed my neuspeed short shifter today and I decided to check my oil level and add just a tiny bit.
I took of the oil cap and saw this
Is that coolant leaking into the engine?
Quote, originally posted by Robin @ Revo Technik » Yep, thats a coolant/oil milkshake.
Check your oil cooler / heat exchanger and you might want a compression test to check the headgasket.
Any mods? Is it only around the cap like that or is it in your coolant bottle too?
Nope, it is most likely condensation buildup from the cooler weather.
the car runs stock software has milltek tbe and neuspeed intake. when i first got it last november it had tiny traces of this stuff and it went away in the summer. now that the winter comes it's back
so, back for service it goes (just got my second front bearing replaced last week)
Quote, originally posted by crew219 » Nope, it is most likely condensation buildup from the cooler weather.
i really hope so, as i said it was gone in the summer the car runs like a champ. i'm going outside to inspect the coolant reservoir
Quote, originally posted by Spax MC » i really hope so, as i said it was gone in the summer the car runs like a champ. i'm going outside to inspect the coolant reservoir
It isn't coolant. Every year around this time, plenty of n00b posts pop up asking about this. It basically has to do with thicker oils not being able to reach the temperatures to effectively evaporate fuel and water condensation in the oil system. Given that the oil cap is one of the highest parts of the engine, you'll find this residue collected around the oil cap.
I switch to 0w30 in the winters and notice less of this effect.
the car is used often for short trips. 3 miles from my house to my gf house. i never ever drive it hard when it's cold. i'm using elf 5w-40 and i check the oil level weekly. the car uses very little to no oil at most half a quart every 5k miles
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Quote, originally posted by Robin @ Revo Technik » Dave,
Most of that should burn off once the oil gets up to temperature. Thats quite a bit, its not trace amounts.
It normally does not fully burn off, not to mention the bout of 20 degree weather we've been having in NY doesn't really allow the oil to ever truely get up to temperature.
Just changed the oil this past thursday. Only drove the car maybe 3 times this weekend. This is what my oil cap looks like today with fresh 0w30 oil.
Now multiply that effect with a 5w40 oil that takes longer to get to temperature and short 3 mile trips. My coolant temp gauge doesn't even budge with one mile of driving. The oil isn't going to get heated up that much either.
Quote, originally posted by Spax MC » would it be better if i started the car early and let it warm up before making the 3 mile trip?
i remember reading something about carbon depositing when you do that
Letting the car idle doesn't warm the engine up as well as driving. If anything I'd consider taking a slightly longer route back from work, or making sure that you mix in a few longer drives a few days each week. The condensation is normal and for the most part, harmless.
I changed the oil in my gf's car this past weekend and found the same but less of it on the oil cap. should just be condensation like Crew said.
That my friend is a ****LOAD of "milky white stuff" around your oil fill cap. This condition is commonly associated with a BLOWN Head Gasket. Through my experience... on ANY car I've ever seen that much white stuff on the oil cap, it ALWAYS meant a Blown Head Gasket.
Sold the VAG COM
Quote, originally posted by rippie74 » That my friend is a ****LOAD of "milky white stuff" around your oil fill cap. This condition is commonly associated with a BLOWN Head Gasket. Through my experience... on ANY car I've ever seen that much white stuff on the oil cap, it ALWAYS meant a Blown Head Gasket.
Well, your experience is obviously very limited. Read crew's responses, he's exactly right.
Yea I had a cap that looked similar with all the white stuff, my dealer said it was just condensation, he said theres alot of it on there because it probably had never been cleaned off and was just building up on there.
I cleaned the cap about 3000 miles ago, changed my oil yesterday and there was hardly any of it on there
That's because for one, you probably didn't run 5w40 in your previous VWs, and for some odd reason it seems to take 2.0ts forever to warm up.
Quote, originally posted by thutty2 » I've noticed this a couple of times on my car also. I figured the f'en dealer had screwed something up during one of it's week long "visits". Funny thing is I never saw this on my 3 previous VW's.
I still don't understand why it's impossible for this car to warm up at idle. Not that it's something I do, but it's just weird. Plus it seems to take forever even when driving.
your car got a little too happy/stimulatated, happens to people all the time.
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