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Old 02-18-2006, 06:13 AM
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yellow gunky stuff around oil cap

I went to top up my oil this morning and the oil filler cap was stuck tight. After some force the cap came unstuck, this has never happened before. I noticed around the under-side of the cap a strange yellow gunk build up. I have attacked some pic's. Could anybody tell me what this stuff is and should I worry? I have a 1999 ML430.

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Old 02-18-2006, 10:54 AM
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It looks to me like your cap is not sealing well. The ML has been known to collect condensation around the cap, forming a goo-like substance. Never seen yellow before though. If the goo made it past the gasket, I'd replace the cap.
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Old 02-20-2006, 08:06 AM
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IN the winter that type of build-up isn't abnormal.. Driving for 40-50 miles on a freeway at speed should elimate that build-up.

Heat in the engine will evaporate the WATER that condenses in that filler neck.
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Old 02-20-2006, 10:18 AM
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build up under oil filler cap

A clogged PCV valve will reduce crankcase ventilation and cause that emulsion, a combination of oil and water.

But most likely is you are driving short trips and don't get the engine thoroughly warmed up, which would drive the condensation out.

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