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Just doing a few checks on the car today, and noticed a creamy coloured emulsion on the oil filler cap. Now I know a small amount can be normal, especially for cars doing shorter journeys due to the engine not warming up properly (80%+ of my driving is in town, and 10% within 6-7 mile max) but I also know this can be a by product of the head gasket, or valve seals going. I was told to check my water levels, and they are pretty much normal, although it is a tad bronze in colour(but totally clear), which worries me. Last service I had, my car was given Mobil 1 oil, which I was also told could be a bit rich for the car as well. Any advice would be great cheers
 

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check the dipstick an oil cap an water cap for the same stuff again. And stick a finger in the oil cap and see if you can smell oil.
The water cap was clean, there was a kind of sediment on the dipstick, but it was the same colour as the oil (carbon deposit?), and the emulsion on the oil cap didn't smell of much really to be honest. The inside of my exhaust (which is stainless steel) is coated black, but I don't know if thats it because I use Redex or Nitrox quite often, and had my centre section replaced.
 

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How is the car running?

Could possibly be headgasket, and as you do such short journeys that probably a major factor to it too. Mine was covered in gunk too and i do journeys minimum of 30 miles so will keep an eye on that.

Black stuff on your exhaust is completely normal
Coolant seems normal too
If valve seals gone then you would probably be burning oil.
 

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How is the car running?

Could possibly be headgasket, and as you do such short journeys that probably a major factor to it too. Mine was covered in gunk too and i do journeys minimum of 30 miles so will keep an eye on that.

Black stuff on your exhaust is completely normal
Coolant seems normal too
If valve seals gone then you would probably be burning oil.
Car seems to be running pretty fine, actually since I put some through the fuel system last week, it seems to be a bit more responsive. One thing I have noticed is that sometimes if I come down from high revs 4500+ it sits around 1200 for a few moments before settling on the 800-900 idling revs, but I must stress this is like 1 out of 5 times hitting that rev range. On very cold days the engine can sound a bit tappity, but I'm assuming this is normal. And the exhaust smokes a bit when engine is cold, but the same as any other 8-9 year old car I've seen
 

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Car seems to be running pretty fine, actually since I put some Nitrox last week through the fuel system, it seems to be a bit more responsive. One thing I have noticed is that sometimes if I come down from high revs 4500+ it sits around 1200 for a few moments before hitting the 800-900 idling revs, but I must stress this is like 1 out of 5 times hitting that rev range. On very cold days the engine can sound a bit tappity, but I'm assuming this is normal. And the exhaust smokes a bit when engine is cold, but the same as any other 8-9 year old car I've seen
Doesn't sem to be anything out of the ordinary there. Just keep an eye on it over the next few days.
 

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Car seems to be running pretty fine, actually since I put some Nitrox last week through the fuel system, it seems to be a bit more responsive. One thing I have noticed is that sometimes if I come down from high revs 4500+ it sits around 1200 for a few moments before hitting the 800-900 idling revs, but I must stress this is like 1 out of 5 times hitting that rev range. On very cold days the engine can sound a bit tappity, but I'm assuming this is normal. And the exhaust smokes a bit when engine is cold, but the same as any other 8-9 year old car I've seen
you shouldnt be worried mate, chill! lol

From high revs to idle it will sit higher for a few seconds as the pressures in the engine would still be higher and other factors like that. mine does it, its normal

The majority of cars will sound rattly and clunky when cold, it will do so because of the temperature and because oil hasnt been pumped to the top end of the engine yet. its normal mine does it.

The smoke from the exhaust is mainly condensation, plus its because the engine is cold, and most likely because it is a cold day. its normal mine does it lol
 

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you shouldnt be worried mate, chill! lol

From high revs to idle it will sit higher for a few seconds as the pressures in the engine would still be higher and other factors like that. mine does it, its normal

The majority of cars will sound rattly and clunky when cold, it will do so because of the temperature and because oil hasnt been pumped to the top end of the engine yet. its normal mine does it.

The smoke from the exhaust is mainly condensation, plus its because the engine is cold, and most likely because it is a cold day. its normal mine does it lol
Lol I know I should chill a bit mate, but having spent almost £1800 doing up a car which I paid £1500 for, I will get paranoid about these things
 

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Its understandable i was like it a bit, keep it well serviced and looked after it and it should be trouble free and run sweet :thumbs_up:
 

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Small update, boiled the radiator coolant while sitting in traffic yesterday, steam coming out from the left hand side of my bonnet, and when I finally got to check it the water bottle was empty :mad: So looks like the head gasket is on its way out. But a mate of mine said he would get the parts, get it skimmed and fitted for £100
 

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£100 is a bargain.
 

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Also how quickly should I get this done? Tonight I noticed a bit of a drop in engine responsiveness and it seemed to lose a bit of nippiness in the acceleration also. Plus I had a kind of unusual smell coming from the vents
 

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Straight away. The longer you leave it the worse it will get.
 

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Straight away. The longer you leave it the worse it will get.
Getting sorted this saturday, parts will be arriving tomorrow. Head gasket only cost £10 as well, so It might be getting done for £75 instead of £100. Most expensive thing so far was Castrol Magnatec oil lol
 

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That's the benefits of an 8v engine.

My brother's Escort Gti head gasket just went and it cost £275 to get it fixed.
 
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