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    Hi guys,

    I've got a 2006 06 2.2 direct SRi, that i've had for 3 months, with 12000miles on the clock.

    I went to fill the washer bottle this lunch time and had a quick look at the oil cap and on the underside of it there is a bit of what only can be described as 'white gunky stuff'. I believe this to caused due to condensation on short journeys, or either the start of head gasket failure ( I would be extremely annoyed should it turn out to be the latter) Or is it indicating that more frequent oil changes are required 'cos of the short journeys I do.

    The thing is though, I've had a Fiesta 1.6 Zetec S, Astra 1.8 SRI, and both of them never had a problem. (I still work in the same place, still do the same amount of miles).

    What are your views.....

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    was the engine hot or cold when you removed the cap?

    if it was cold then i'd say just condensation. just re-read your post and you said it was lunchtime, so the car had been sitting since morning, but was the ambient temperature very cold?

    head gasket failure on a car with 12k miles would be a feat even vauxhall couldn't achieve.......surely(!)

    try checking again after a run, if it's still there, then start to worry.

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    Have you checked the colour of the coolant, is that ok ?

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    Keep an eye on the oil and water levels, another clue is water from the exhaust when the car is hot, I think as harry said though its condensation, dip the stick if it's all black/brown you should be ok, if there's milky muck on it, get it into the dealers asap, it dont take contaminated oil long to wreck the end shells and crankshaft.

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    Engine : 3.2 V6

    Year : 04

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    This does sound very much like condensation, there are several threads about it. mine is a V6 and they are prone to it, if you do short journeys, No doubt 3.2GSI will conferm what I have said. if the dip stick is clear then I don,t think you will have a problem. mine clears if I give it a blast on the motorway, otherwise it has some on the filler cap due to the short journeys.

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    Cheers guys.

    I had infact been to work about 8.00am this morning (6miles), and then returned home for lunch (another 6 miles), by the time I do the trip, the gauge reaches just before the '90' mark.

    I just remember a K reg 1.4 astra my Dad had, and when we seen the dready white stuff, it was the beginning of the end. Even when the gasket was fixed and head was skinned etc, it was never the same again. It still makes me sad to this day!

    I shall keep my eyes on the Vec. I do carry out some longer journeys, just not really during weekdays.

    Maybe a cheeky oil change wouldn't go a miss? Service is due in March - think it will wait till then?

    p.s - the dip stick is usual oil coloured!

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