Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 07:08:58 +0000
From: danny <>
Subject: Re: Engine Crack or not?

Michael Rano wrote: > I have a 1992 Saab 900 (2.1 Non-Turbo Auto) car with 67,000 mile that > overheated. I started seeing white steamy smoke (thought to be antifreeze) > that probably means a gasket seal "tore". But what if I'm getting antifreeze > in the oil, (turning it light greenish brown) and over filling the max oil > level. Is there a way this could be 2 or more gaskets, OR do you think it is > an engine crack?? I plan to send it to a garage monday. I stopped driving as > soon as it overheated and adding antifreeze didn't solve anything, but > realized it just was "drinking" it. > What did anyone do who had this kind of problem? And if it is an engine > crack what can you do?? > Thank You > M. R. R. Assuming that the engine coolant hasn't frozen, it's unlikely to be a cracked cylinder head or block. More likely that the head gasket has split between a cylinder/waterway which accounts for the steam in the exhaust, and usually a creamy deposit on the top of the valve/rocker cover showing that the oil and water have mixed. Your leak seems catastrophic though, so it's possible that something like a piston ring may have broken, allowing water and oil to mix - is the car firing normally on all cylinders? Are there any strange "ticking" noises? I would get the car seen to as early as possible - that much water in the oil will potentially cause more damage than just a head gasket. I don't know what else can cause oil and water to mix. -- Regards, Danny (a purely hobby site) (UK advert for my mobile espresso service) swap Z for above characters in email address to reply

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