2000 Dodge Intrepid Excess Water (Not Coolant) in engine oi

Tiny
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  • 2000 DODGE INTREPID
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 10,200 MILES
On our 2000 Dodge Intrepid we brought it to a shop for a routine oil change and they said the oil was very creamy looking and there was alot of it. They did a few checks in the shop to check for coolant and it did not appear to have any in the oil. They sent a sample out to be analyzed and ran a diagnostics (computer scan) and came up clean. While waiting for the results we needed the car for my wifes work within 1 week and 9 miles the oil was already 1/2 quart fuller and creamy looking. After getting the results back it showed NO coolant No fuel but excess water. The car returned to the shop to look again. They checked the PCV valve and found the hose and valve to be faulty. Besides this they could not come up with an answer. We were given the car back and told to watch the oil. Now we have had the car back three weeks and the check oil light came on yesterday. I checked the oil, it is creamy and is over full 1 - 1 1/2 qts.
We live in Northern Minnesota and my wife works only 2 miles from our house. So the car is used in short trips and only allowed to warm up slightly. But she has always driven this pattern for the 7 years we've owned the car.
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Saturday, March 14th, 2009 AT 10:26 AM

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Tiny
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You have a headgasket failure have shop pull all plugs pressureize cooling system leave over night. Crank over in A.M. See if coolant come out the plug hole.
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 3:01 PM
Tiny
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As stated above it is NOT coolant.
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 8:29 PM
Tiny
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Trust me I have been repairing cars for 45 yrs. It is coolant. If it was just water it would not mix with oil just lay in bottom of pan. The ethyelglycol is what turns oil like a chocolate malt.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 AT 8:02 AM
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I absolutely agree with you but we have conflicting results. Before we had the oil analyzed coolant is exactly what we were thinking but after we got the results they asked if it was a flooded car. They said there was that much water. Also the coolant level is still full and the oil does not smell or taste sweet. I will contact the shop today and have them look further into your idea.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 AT 9:00 AM
Tiny
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PCV would be likely but been there and if no coolant loss? Engines do accumulate moisture and the short drive time would not allow oil to heat up to burn it off but not as fast as it is collecting.
Do you use fuel with Ethenol? Have shop check the Evaporator system to fuel tank. See if Proportional purge solenoid is functioning properly. You maybe drawing moisture from tank along with short trips might be enough to cause problem.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 AT 9:52 AM

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