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I went to check my oil and noticed a white, milky substance on my dip stick. I imagine its my radiator fluid mixing with my oil. Am I correct? I've been told by other ppl that the cylinder head in cracked or my head gasket is busted. In this economy I can't afford to take it to a shop so I would much rather do the work myself if possible. I've gotten most of the engine taken apart to to take the head off but I'm stuck after taking the valve cover off. I need help. Any tips or anything on helping me get the rest apart?
 

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It could be a blown head gasket.. i had a couple in my old fords. How is it running? Is white smoke coming out of the exhaust? can you smell antifreeze? Is it over Heating? another thing you can do is check the fluids in your radiator and see if your loosing it there.

The best things to do is to get a manual from your local autozone. If you do take your head off make sure you torque it to the right spec. You should also send your head out to get magnafluxed to make sure you didnt crack the head as well. costs about 35 -45 bucks..
 

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It ran good, I didn't notice anything wrong until I checked the oil. It hasn't overheated and I've never noticed any smoke come out the exhaust. Ive had an oil leak for a while so I check it all the time. I was thinking that I just caught my problem really early and thats why I havent had any other problems.
 

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I'll agree with Mikey. looks like a blown head.

do u drive alot of short trips? sometimes water and condensation just doesnt burn out of the oil and engine with alot of short drives. but this is a classic sign of a blown head gasket. no rough idle, or loss of power or anything?

EDIT: where's your leak? you might be taking in water there.
 

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yes it could be just some condensation. If your dipstick wasnt all the way in sometime moisture will get in there.. The best thing to do is to drain your oil and look at it if theres a lot of white thick milky substance its most likely blown head gasket..
You can also start your truck when its cold with the radiator cap off let it warm up a little when it starts to warm up if it bubbles out of the rad cap your head gasket is blown on the intake side. (i know thats for v 6 idk about inline 6)
Check your anti freeze..
Take it for a long drive let it really warm up. i had a truck that didnt really run bad when i drove it short drives it didnt loose anti freeze fast or anything. I drove it for a hour drive and it was bucking when driving.it over heated and it lost anti freeze.
 
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