OIL

  • Tiny
  • funky1973
  • 2002 BMW 316
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • manual
  • 75,000 miles

Ive noticed a creamy substance on dipstick when checking oil levels in my 2002 316 compact bmw, is this cause for concern?

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 2:42 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Dr. Hagerty
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  • 9,705 posts

It might be caused by coolant in the oil.

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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 3:30 PM
  • Tiny
  • funky1973
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There is not any sign of creamy substance in engine oil tank or on cap, only a few spots on dipstick, the car is running fine with no overheating or cutting out, do I have urgent cause for concern?

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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 5:55 PM
  • Tiny
  • Dr. Hagerty
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Thank you for the clarity! There is condensation when a cold surface is exposed to water vapor, that is what you are seeing, just a bit of normal condensation. No worries!

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Sunday, January 16th, 2011 AT 6:02 PM

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