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Why Is My Engine Oil Milky and Brown? | Carter Subaru Service FAQs

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If you take a look under your engine oil cap and notice a milky-brown substance roughly the consistency of a milkshake, that could indicate a major engine problem. Or, it could indicate nothing unusual at all. Isn't car maintenance wonderful? That's why we think you'll be glad you trusted the experts at Carter Subaru Ballard to service your Subaru. They've seen it all, and they'll be able to quickly and correctly diagnose your engine problem. If you do see milky, tan-colored oil collecting on the dipstick, in the oil cap or elsewhere in the engine, bring it to our service center. The most common cause of this is a coolant leak somewhere in the engine causing coolant to mix with the oil.

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What Does it Mean When my Engine Oil is Milky Brown?

Is there creamy, tan-colored oil collecting under your oil cap? We have good news and bad news. The good news is, it could just be condensation. We have a lot of rain and plenty of humidity here in the Seattle area. Sometimes, like if you have a short commute, condensation that collects in the engine while the car sits overnight won't completely burn off. As the water vapor remaining in the system rises, it'll collect under the oil cap and mix with that oil. If that's the case, it's a good idea to take your vehicle on a longer drive once in a while, so it gets all the way up to operating temperature. The bad news? If it's not condensation, then it's coolant intruding on the engine oil. That indicates a major leak, such as a blown head gasket, which should be addressed right away for safe operation of the engine. Trust the pros at Carter Subaru Ballard to diagnose and fix this issue correctly!

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How to Schedule Your Maintenance Appointment at Carter Subaru Ballard

No matter what your maintenance issue, we've got a friendly and experienced team that can help you get it fixed--and get it fixed right--at a price you'll be pleased with. When it's time for regular maintenance or an emergency repair, visit the pros at the Carter Subaru Ballard Service Center! Schedule your next appointment online, give us a call to speak to a service expert, or stop by without an appointment at 5201 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Seattle's Home for Subaru Maintenance and Repair is Carter Subaru Ballard

Thanks to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology and award-winning safety and durability, it's little wonder why Subaru is one of the most popular automakers in the Pacific Northwest. At Carter Subaru Ballard, we're your partners in the care and maintenance of your Subaru. Unlike the mechanics at neighborhood garages and nationwide service chains, our technicians are factory-trained experts in all things Subaru. When it comes to Subaru, we've seen it all, so bring your Subaru to the pros at Carter Subaru Ballard. With our huge inventory of OEM Subaru parts and knowledgeable service techs, we can get your repair done right the first time, and often faster than the other guys!

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5201 Leary Ave NW
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    Seattle, WA 98107

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