why is there oil in my coolant
Well, even if you havenвt been familiar with the details, it is considered as common sense that your oil of the engine should never really mix with the water or, and if it does so, something is going wrong with
that needs your attention. But why is it considered so and what does happen when oil mixes with the coolant? What does it mean? To answer these questions, letвs first understand the basics of engine functioning, which will also help you to identify, which type of problem might be persisting in. What Do and Coolant Achieve? Oil and water shouldnвt come together in your vehicle. This is because oil, as we all know, is a lubricant that is being used to lubricate the different movable parts of your carвs engine. And as the engine drives the vehicle, it generates an immense amount of heat due to the energy being produced. To cool this down, coolants are used, which keep the temperatures of the engine steady and under control. In your car, truck, or any other, the engine is designed in quite a peculiar manner so that it can be covered completely with a top that would from foreign agents. Why Is It So Important? Well, handling the mixing of the two liquids is important not because it is causing wastage of the coolant or the engine oil, but because it can cause even more severe damage to the engine of your car and lead to even bigger problems. It has been reported that poor use and often tends to put the engine of your vehicle at a substantial risk of getting damaged, irrespective of the extent.
If the damage takes place and the mixing of the two liquids also happens, the engine will not function properly в neither it will be able to drive the vehicle nor will it cool down efficiently after overheating and overuse. This might, in turn, causes sparking, fire or even small explosion in the engine of your vehicle, putting your car and your life in danger. Thus, it is crucial to as soon as possible. Oil in the coolant reservoir can be a huge issue or a small leakage result, which can be rectified in time if action is taken immediately. As it can turn into a serious problem in the future, it is highly advised that you consider getting proper leak tests done for your engine by an experienced mechanic so that your vehicle life gets extended and you are saved from probable severe damages in the future. It is common sense that the oil of any engine should never mix with the coolant or water. This is so because whereas oil is meant to lubricate all moving parts in the engine, the coolant is supposed to cool the engine which normally generates heat at high temperatures when it is running. A vehicle engine is designed in such a way that it has a top cover which is supposed to cover the whole engine. The cylinder head, which is also part of the cooling system, sits on the engine block, the structure that houses the cylinders or combustion chambers.
The cylinder head also forms the ceiling of the combustion chambers. Between the cylinder head and engine block is the cylinder head gasket which will be the focus of our discussion. The cylinder head gasket seals both the cylinder head which houses the engine valves at the topmost part of the engine and the engine block which also houses the pistons and crank shafts at the lower part. The engine block has two different channel networks bored into it, one directing the engine oil to where it is needed and the other one doing the same for the coolant/water in the cooling system of the engine. During the early development of the internal combustion engine, a thin sheet called the cylinder head gasket was introduced into it. Its purpose was to seal the cylinders to ensure maximum compression and avoid leakage of coolant or engine oil into the cylinders; as such, it is the most critical sealing application in any engine and, as part of the combustion chamber, it shares the same strength requirements as other combustion chamber components. Whenever oil is discovered in the engine coolant on inspecting the radiator top-up tank, one will notice that the coolant has formed into a milky colour. It is quite a bad occurrence when the two mix and usually means that the gasket has failed to function as required, creating an internal leakage which could easily damage the engine. A broken/damaged head gasket.
Remember this sits between the block and cylinder head. In case it gets damaged, it will allow oil and coolant to eventually mix. A cracked cylinder head due to overheating or an accident. If this is not replaced, it sometimes leads to the mix of oil and coolant. This happens because a cracked head will misdirect the coolant and in the long run it will mix with the oil. A damaged engine block since this is the lower part of the engine which houses most of the moving parts that use the oil and if this gets damaged, would lead to the mixing of the fluids. Extreme engine overheating, most especially in diesel engines. When engines overheat, they tend to burn and destroy the gasket which in the long run loses its functionality. When a vehicle passes through water that rises to top-of-the-engine level. Sometimes, this water will enter the engine, either through the top cover, or any other open part of the engine. It could also enter through the exhaust pipe, especially whenever one revs the engine while driving through the water. Note that whenever there is an oil/coolant mixture, you need to immediately contact a knowledgeable mechanic. If the fault is extreme, your vehicle may need an engine overhaul, but if it is minor, then the engine is simply flushed and the oil and filter changed to rectify the problem. В В В В В В Robert Kato is a mechanic who can be reached on: robertkato999@gmail. com or 071-2-212507/0704137708.
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