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    Hi,

    I'm looking for a bit of advice on my wife's Corsa D 1.4. I went out to give the car a quick check and noticed that the oil underneath the oil cap and also on the dip stick was a light brown colour. There was quite a lot of it.

    I have read about water getting into the oil causing this. The car seems to be driving fine with no problems at all. Is this something to worry about? The car is an 08 plate and has only done 26k miles and is used for short runs which is probably not helping.

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    Sounds like condensation building up in the oil. As the engine never really gets hot, it doesnt evaporate away the condensation.

    Take it for a good long hard drive, get the engine nice and hot, it should clear it away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben50n View Post
    Sounds like condensation building up in the oil. As the engine never really gets hot, it doesnt evaporate away the condensation.

    Take it for a good long hard drive, get the engine nice and hot, it should clear it away.

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    Also I would change the oil more often as the water in there will damage the engine as the oil isn't as good as it should be like that.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    And as no-one has mentioned it so far... check that the temperature is coming up to 'normal' at a sensible rate.... if the thermostat has died in the default open position, then engine will pretty much always run cool, thus not helping the 'oil cap mayo' situation.

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    not sayin these lads are wrong but in my experiance (twice) when ive had water in oil it was head gasket problem. started off with coffee colour from coolant leaking into oil. then a few weeks later the compression from cylinder was leaking into coolant, pressure was building up and blowing all the water out of reservior.

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    With head gasket problems, you would also lose water as it either goes into the engine or would be pressurizing the cooling system and blowing it out. You could also get oil contamination into the colling water.

    I would still gamble on condensation only, clean the cap and dip stick and then give it a good run.

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    Jimbo does have a point.... but I think we're all banking on the hope that the coolant level isn't going down and when the OP takes the cap off the expansion tank it doesn't stink of exhaust.

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    thought id mention it before he went screamin down the motorway tryin to burn away water out the oil. cos if it was head gasket that wouldnt do it much good!!!

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