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Old 05-12-2007, 07:47 AM
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Milky Radiator water????

Just noticed water in radiator is milky looking?? oil looks fine, engine does not overheat, no smoke, not foamy, engine is a 1970 455 pontiac. any help to this novice would be appreciated! thanks

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Old 05-12-2007, 08:29 AM
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Is the "substance" thick? Is it oily feeling?

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Old 05-12-2007, 09:25 AM
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no,... it's a slight darker than milk and about the same thickness.
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No milky white on the dipstick, none on the valve cover. just the radiator water
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:41 AM
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I got this before when I used Bars Leaks, a cooling system stop leak product. It bled right thru my heater hoses as well.
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I used bars leaks!!! three weeks ago!! did it screw anything up?? what did you do?
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Oh Ohhhhhh!!

You're in DEEP poo-poo!! It's oil. You have a crack, or bad gasket somewhere.
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Dyke it

There's some stuff called "Dyke". It's a REALLY think liquid that you put in yout radiator and I think NAPA has it. I've seen the stuff seal a cracked head or block in 15 minutes! Dyke it. Everything else is JUNK.
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it's not in a can

Bar's leak is junk,makes hoses soft.looks like its tear down time.A finaly test is and emision [smog] test at rad.may show up HC as a combustion leak.
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Now you have 2 problems, the original problem and now your cooling system is hosed. I would completely flush that crap out. To do it properly you should knock out at least 1 freeze plug and runn water through it untill it is clear. Re-install a new plug and fill it with the proper coolant.

What was the original issue that caused you to put the leak stop in your radiator.
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Don't panic. I drained all the fluid from the rad and hand tightened the drainvalve ,refilled with clean water ,ran the engine and drained several times.I had to change the 2 heater hoses as slime was bleeding thru from the inside out.
The original small leak from the frost plug stayed sealed and all was well afterward.

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Are you running a automatic tranny with the cooling lines running into the radiator? if so then check the tranny fluid for coolant, the cooler inside the radiator is known to bust over time and fills the tranny full of coolant and ruins it if not caught quickly enough and fills the coolant system with tranny fluid. I`ve had this happen twice, it`s why I don`t use in radiator tranny coolers anymore.
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Are you running a automatic tranny with the cooling lines running into the radiator? if so then check the tranny fluid for coolant, the cooler inside the radiator is known to bust over time and fills the tranny full of coolant and ruins it if not caught quickly enough and fills the coolant system with tranny fluid. I`ve had this happen twice, it`s why I don`t use in radiator tranny coolers anymore.
More than likely the problem. The engine may be fine but the tranny is suffering un-detected... for now at least.

Also, neverrrr NEVER use that stop leak crap. May plug up the suspected hole, but what's stopping it from blocking up all the radiator tubes?
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pugsy... flushed it until it was clean. refilled with coolent, looks good. Glad you responded. ( and everyone)Never would of figured that caused it. (hope that's all it was). I was watching those two guy machanic's tv show and they were pushing bar leak. Fxxx'rs
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