WHY IS MOTOR OIL THIN AND REDDISH IN COLOR

  • Tiny
  • Clemente Montez
  • 2006 Saturn Ion
  • 85,000 miles

Why is motor oil thin and reddish in color

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012 AT 6:10 PM

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  • Wrenchtech
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You're probably looking at the trans fluid.

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012 AT 6:15 PM
  • Tiny
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I drained oil out of engine. Looks thin and transparent. Could it possibly be mixed with fuel ?

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Monday, October 22nd, 2012 AT 7:02 PM
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That wouldn't make it red and it odor would make it obvious that there is fuel there. Are you sure you drained the engine and not the transaxle. It's done quite often.

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 12:31 AM

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