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May 26, 2010, 8:22 AM

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HI, I have a recently restored 79 ford ranger 4x4, with the 302 engine. the new engine has less than 1000 miles on it. I am finding just a tiny water on my oil dipstick (white residue on edges of dipstick and a few splotches , but not fully foamy at all- i have repeated this several times to same result) . the truck is running beautifully, and i am hoping it is not an expensive repair....thanks, stephie

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May 26, 2010, 9:27 AM

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It's probably condensation in the dipstick tube itself. You'll have to get it cleaned out somehow to determine if it's going to re-occur.


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Jul 16, 2010, 3:09 AM

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It is either a head gasket or the head is cracked. More than likely it is the gasket. If you have been adding cold water when the engine is hot....then you may be searching for a head. Hot metal and cold water do not mix and cracks will result. Good luck !

(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jul 24, 2010, 5:05 AM)

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Jul 16, 2010, 5:52 PM

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mike; Appreciate the concern, but at this point it is too soon to 'jump' to that conclusion. An engine that is run for short distances will accumulate moisture. A milky fill cap or dipstick can be attributed to short distance driving as the engine never gets hot enough to evaporate the moisture.
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