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Old 10-12-2003, 12:20 PM
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There is also water pump lubricant (soluble oil) in some, if not all, coolants. You will see small (1-2mm) diameter droplets of colorless oil floating in the radiator neck or coolant tank, or a sheen on the coolant. You may notice them more when you drain the coolant into a larger vessel where they can float free rather than sticking to the sides of things.

Watch the coolant tank -- if you start getting a ring of blackish oil around the edge of the coolant, you probably have a problem. Isolated oil droplets aren't a problem.

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