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Old 01-11-2012, 11:23 AM
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hey guys l changed my oil yesterday and today l went out to check the oil level.l saw some white foam on the dipstick and some water looking bubble all the way up on the dipstick.what could be the problem
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:38 AM
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Is the oil soupy?
do you have any oil on the coolant?

Have you washed your engine lately?
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no its not that soapy.just a lil bit white thing on the dipstick. l have not check in the coolant yet. if there is oil in the coolant what does that tell me?
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Nothing to worry about. Likely just a little condensation on the dip stick. Did you change the oil yourself or have someone else do it?

I suggest you drive the car for 30 minutes and check the stick after it has had the chance to burn off any condensation. If it's still foamy after that and you are real concerned about it, you could drain the oil in a clean pan and see what it looks like. If it's milky, whitish, then get it check out.
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the coolant has no oil in it. and l drove it for 30 minutes and do not see the foam anymore.l think l let too much air when l took the plug out to drain the oil wanting everything to come out.
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l changed the oil myself
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+1 with RS
Condensation in your dip stick tube is common... But if you are driving it for a while and you pull the stick and it comes out milky like coolant mixed then you have an issue.
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Nothing to worry about. Likely just a little condensation on the dip stick. If it's milky, whitish, then get it check out.
What he said (and Matty) !!

It's just condensation from the by products of the combustion process and the natural condensation of the air inside the engine heating and cooling as the engine heats up and cools down when you shut it off.

As long as it's only on the sides of the stick and not the area where you actually check the level at the end it's ok. What to worry about is if you see cloudy oil on the end of the dipstick where you're trying to read the level as that is where you'd see emulsified oil and water.

If your oil itself ever looks a little like it's foamy or the inside of a Milky Way bar it's time to park it That's the sign you have a headgasket leaking. That or you start to see an oil film floating on top of the coolant reservoir. It can leak either way but coolant into the oil is the one that can kill your bearings. If it seems the condensation is excessive then it might be time to replace the PCV system and if it's a turbo, clean the PTC valve on the intake tube just in front of the turbo. There are a lot of posts on checking the PCV system and one clue is with the engine running look for smoke coming out the oil dipstick tube with the stick removed and engine up to temp idling.

It's good that you're concerned but it sounds like you're good to go !!

Drive it like ya stole it !!

The picture is just in case you haven't had a Milky Way bar. If you ever see the oil in your dipstick look like that from side to side you're in trouble
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the coolant has no oil in it. and l drove it for 30 minutes and do not see the foam anymore.l think l let too much air when l took the plug out to drain the oil wanting everything to come out.
It's nothing you did. All engines have air in them, that's how combustion happens. If you take any piece of metal, heat it up to 200 degrees, leave it outside to cool off over night, the next morning, it will likely have some moisture on it.

Just a little bit of moisture that builds and burns off all the time. It's good that you change your own oil, you will see when something goes wrong. Leave the plug out for an hour if you want, it doesn't matter. One thing to do when you change it would be to fill the oil filter with oil before you screw it on.

The bad thing about having it changed somewhere else is that they often drian the oil directly into their tank system and never look at it to see if it's discolored or has something mixed in it. When you drain it into a pan you get to inspect it yourself. Just like you do when you leave a pop in the toilet.
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It's good that you change your own oil, you will see when something goes wrong. Leave the plug out for an hour if you want, it doesn't matter. One thing to do when you change it would be to fill the oil filter with oil before you screw it on.
That is a trick to help the engine build oil pressure sooner so you aren't waiting on the filter to fill up while your bearings have a crankshaft spinning against them at 1500 RPM on a cold start
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