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    help! just checked my oil and i had a large amout of sludge in my oil filler cap! this is normally head gasket is it not? the car was sitting for 3 months or so without running so could it be just condensation built up and mixed with the oil? i only got a 1000 mile 28 warrenty so the sooner i could get this diagnosed the better please help!!!

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    It's normal on the 3.2 mate, it's because of the oil filler extension. Take the extension off by twisting it and put the cap straight onto the cam cover

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    It sounds like condensation to me. Any oil in the water bottle or drop in coolant level? I would just give it an oil and filter change then see how it goes.

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    well my water coolent bottle looks a little brown in colour is this oil? WHY ME! was i bad in a previous life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cont1204 View Post
    It sounds like condensation to me. Any oil in the water bottle or drop in coolant level? I would just give it an oil and filter change then see how it goes.

    Like John said m8 alot of 3.2 owners have had this. Extension needs to be removed. Though personally how this fixes the problem escapes me but it does work.

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    Oil will appear like bubbles in the water and stick together because it's thicker. Coolant may just be a crappy brown colour anyway. Just in case and to give it a refresh, get the coolant changed with the oil and go from there. You'll then know what colour the coolant starts at and if there's oil getting in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cont1204 View Post
    It sounds like condensation to me. Any oil in the water bottle or drop in coolant level? I would just give it an oil and filter change then see how it goes.
    not had it long enough to notice a drop in coolent. but will check and fill it up and go for a run. i cleaned all the mayo out the neck, there was nothing on the dipstick, just the amount in the filler neck really scared me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza4 View Post
    Like John said m8 alot of 3.2 owners have had this. Extension needs to be removed. Though personally how this fixes the problem escapes me but it does work.

    Gazza4
    It's because the extended neck sits in the cold air flow making any water that's not yet dispersed condensate in the neck.

    Don't worry about it. Twist the neck out and put the cap in the hole. I panicked too when mine did it. Short journeys make it worse, as does the cold air.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    thanks alot guys panick over for now! "clean under garments required" will remove the filler neck tonight and go for a run. gonna prob get a full oil and filter service shortly and get the coolent system flushed out. start clean! bet the garage gonna rob ma wallet!

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