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    Coolant leak/coolant gettong into oil

    I think im fucked guys...😔😔
    Coolant is apparently getting mixed with the oil in my03 95 v6.
    I pulled out dipstick and found a very small amount of bubbles on it.
    I do have a oil leak at the front valve but not sure if that would cause my coolant problem.
    Also yesterday night i was driving and im guessing coolant sprayed all over the place
    I was driving for a while car temp normal and i came to a stop light and noticed ALOT SMOKING coming from under the hood,
    Pulled over and it was my coolant.....
    But i could not find where it came from 🤔🤔
    The coolant tank was completely dry. I put some stop leak Bars and been putting coolant everytime it says to refill im not sure how much it takes but u put 3/4 of a gal. Im assuming i need more??
    Does my v6 have a head gasket??
    Or are they the vavle gaskets??
    Where would the coolant be getting in and mixed in the engine??

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    Your V6 has 2 head gaskets, 2 valve gaskets. Get a test kit from the local auto parts store and check for exhaust gas in the coolant. Sounds like you have a bad head gasket.

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    Update
    Cracked radiator (seems like it atleast with it being the only thing doused in coolant and burning) bubbles on dipstick was just oil being warm enough to have that 1 or 2 very small bubbles on dipstick.
    Any detailed with pics repair guide to replace radiator on a 03 95 v6???
    Would definitely ne the only way i get this done before the radiator gets worse.
    Thanks in advance!!

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    I was going to say that unless things changed recently, a mixture of coolant and oil wouldn't just result in a few bubbles. The oil would end up looking milky or tan in color if the head gasket blew.

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    Update!!!!
    Still driving my 0395v6 with a cracked Radiator. I've been trying to find why it cracked before I put more money into it.
    New symptoms are oil spots in exp.coolant tank when I refill because of the leaking and burning coolant coming from cracked Radiator.
    Would that be from oil cooler on the v6?
    No coolant in engine at least that's what it seems.
    I also get a over cooked burning oil smell sometimes worse smell then it burning on the exhaust.
    Last but the strangest,
    I run out of coolant fairly quickly. even with low to no coolant my engine temp is hard to get to normal and not easy to keep at normal. It never over heats but does drop alot and tough to get back up. Idling seems to get the job done but will still go down little by little with constant driving. This happens with full, low or dam near dry of coolant.
    Would the thermostat be the problem? And the reason why radiator cracked?
    Any tips and info will be appreciated!!!!

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    Ps
    Radiator temp sen and cps were replaced.
    Temp sen and cps still good
    Radiator cracked 1 day after it was installed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggsjam21 View Post
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    Radiator temp sen and cps were replaced.
    Temp sen and cps still good
    Radiator cracked 1 day after it was installed
    The radiator is an aluminum core crimp connected to plastic ends and eventually they will all loose the seal. If it was a new radiator take it back, if it was a good used part, take it back. If it was an 18 year old U-Pull part, you pulled it and eventually they will all loose the seal.

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    Thanks bro for the responce.
    All parts are brand new got a replacement radiator under warranty just don't want this one to bust for a thermostat or oil cooler/possible head gasket pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggsjam21 View Post
    Thanks bro for the responce.
    All parts are brand new got a replacement radiator under warranty just don't want this one to bust for a thermostat or oil cooler/possible head gasket pressure.
    A good working radiator cap should protect your new radiator from all the potential pressure problems mentioned.

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