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OIL IN RADIATOR

1995 Chevrolet Truck

How can oil get into the radiator of my 1995 Chevy C1500 Pickup?
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Kln2011
July 1, 2011.




Is it engine oil, or transmission fluid? The transmission oil cooler is in the radiator, and if it has a leak, the cooler pressure is higher than the cooling system pressure, and forces oil into the radiator. The same applies if it has an engine oil cooler in the radiator, not all vehicles do. Another possibility is a leaking head gasket, or a crack in the block or head, it would have to leak in a specific location near a pressurized oil passage.

Factoryjack
Jul 1, 2011.
The pressure in the air conditioning/heating system won't go down. It's super high.

And we know it's not because the engine block is cracked. We already checked that.

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Kln2011
Jul 1, 2011.
Pressure in the air conditioning/heating system, are you talking about refrigerant pressure, or cooling system pressure? By 'super high' what do you mean? If it is cooling system pressure, the cap should let off at 15-16 psi. If you checked for a cracked block, was the method used able to rule out blown head gasket? If it was a block test for hydrocarbons in the cooling system, if the leak is not in a combustion chamber(or near), you may not have a positive result. Are you confident that it is engine oil, and not transmission oil, or does it have an engine oil cooler integral to the radiator? You only have a few possibilities in this case, either oil was put in the cooling system physically, it is transmission oil from a leaking cooler in the radiator, it is engine oil from a leaking oil cooler in the radiator(if equipped), or it is a mechanical engine condition where pressurized oil is passing into the cooling system.
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Factoryjack
Jul 1, 2011.
I have no clue. I know nothing about vehicles. And my fiance said he checked to see if the engine block was cracked. I haven't actually seen it, not that I would know what to look for. I think it was the refrigerant pressure that my dad tested for us. We have a can of refridgerant that has a pressure gage and on the truck, it was in the red, which it says on the can, is too high. He never told me if it was engine oil or transmission fluid, but I think its the oil. But he told me he's going to go have the whole thing looked at.

Tiny
Kln2011
Jul 1, 2011.
It would be advised to have it looked at. Realistically, there are only a few possibilities. If for one, it has an automatic transmission, it has a cooler in the radiator. Even if it has an auxiliary cooler in front of the radiator, it also flows through the radiator cooler. An auxiliary could have been added as an additional for towing. The only other means of oil/coolant interaction is with an engine oil cooler in the radiator, or internal engine architecture. Hope I have been some help.

Factoryjack
Jul 1, 2011.

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