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Old 12-21-2007, 05:53 PM
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I have a 1997 Volvo 850 Wagon with milky oil running up the dip stick pipe. What could be the problem? Could you include an estimate of the cost of repair? Thanks!
 
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:49 PM
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Do you do alot of short driving?
 
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Old 12-21-2007, 06:57 PM
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Yes I do drive 8mi back and forth to work every day.
 
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:30 PM
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Do you live in a Northern climate?
If so it might just be condensation from always driving short trips.
I would reccomend having the oil changed and taking atleast one long trip a week.
 
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I agree with tech. I see you are in Mass., same here in PA. People who drive short distances where the engine doesn't get a chance to warm up and burn the condensation off usually end up with this. What comes next is the "milk" will solidify inside the engine. This is worse. Drain the oil and change the filter asap. Then once in a while drive it a longer distance, 1/2 hour or so, to keep it burned off. If this doesn't work, let us know. Good luck.
 
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:34 AM
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I will have my mech change oil and filter MY daughter uses car in Delaware she is home for xmass It also nees a brake job she did say it uses oil she adds a quart a month I think thats nomal.

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Walter
 
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:52 AM
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Ours does the same thing, even though my sons drives it 15 miles each way to school three times a week. It only does it in the winter time and seems to do it more with synthetic oil than regular dino oil.

Glenn
 
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Old 12-27-2007, 08:31 AM
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I'm not sure about the synth vs regular oil. I haven't tracked it that far. But yes, in the colder winter months, car takes longer to warm to operating temp, cools down faster, vapors condense faster back into oil. Good luck.
 
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