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#1 Blue dog

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 02:34 AM

My plurial is only 4 years old with 50k on clock, on checking water the other day I noticed oil in the coolant chamber,
surely head gadget hasn't gone already ? Or could this be something else? Any ideas?
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Posted 03 October 2014 - 01:35 PM

Welcome to the forum.

 

Which engine do you have ? The 1.4 petrol is known for oil leaks from the head gasket and this usually appears on the outside at the front left corner as you look at the engine from the front of the car. The cause is a rubber seal in the head gasket where the oil goes through it in to the cylinder head and the rubber perishes. It is possible the oil could also leak in to the coolant since the oil is at a higher presure than the coolant. So, unless somebody has accidentally put oil in the coolant expansion tank, it looks as if the head gasket needs replacing.