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Well it seems I have a problem with my SPI. There is water on the dipstick every time I pull it out. I noticed a little bit on the dipstick a while ago, and I changed the oil 2 days ago and there was no sign whatsoever of water in it. I figured it might have been condensation from the motor sitting a while before I bought it. Now with the fresh oil, there is water on the dipstick again. Weird thing is that there is nothing at all on the oil cap or visible inside the head. Any ideas on why there wouldn't be anything visible besides on the dipstick? When the headgasket blew on my old cavalier there was lots of crud inside the oil cap as well as the filter and dipstick so this is kinda weird to me. Any ideas or things to look at would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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Maybe you caught it before it got real bad.
You dont run antifreeze? If you have antifreeze and it mixes with oil it makes a very chocolatey mixture. There will also be alot of white smoke coming from your tail pipe.
You may have all of these symptoms or just one but they are exclusive to a headgasket.
Try testing it, i think autozone has leak testers.
 

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That's very strange. I cought my headgasket on my 1.9 before I ever had water in the oil. It had a nice amount of smoke to it. :cry:

I suppose, that the gasket could be leaking at one of the oil passages and just letting water in there and not actually in the cyl. Seems a bit strange though. That or maybe the head is warped a bit.

Is your coolant level getting any lower? If not then maybe it's still getting the condensation out of the motor. You might get some of that oil additive that gets water out. :?
 

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Yeah it's weird because it doesn't blow any smoke at all or use any coolant that I have noticed. I do use antifreeze, but the stuff on the dipstick is white, looks like plain water and oil mix.
 

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When the weather got cold, mine did the same thing. When I pulled the dip stick it looked like there was moister on it, so I drained the oil and it was fine. My oil cap and valve cover also look fine, just the dip stick.
I'm gonna go with condensation also.
 

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I'll check my dipstick during lunch to see if mine is doing the same since I'm right across the water from you so the weather conditions and everything will be almost identical. You might also see if Tracer-X can check his Pony since your motors were running within a couple weeks of eachother.
 

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Jeffescortlx said:
When the weather got cold, mine did the same thing. When I pulled the dip stick it looked like there was moister on it, so I drained the oil and it was fine. My oil cap and valve cover also look fine, just the dip stick.
I'm gonna go with condensation also.
Jeffs, right again. It's the time of year.

I once had a few droplets of moisture on my dipstick, which I check very regularly. It was this time of year. I crapped my pants, expecting the armegeddon. It never happened. I think you're gonna be just fine.

Relax and have a beer.
 

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I checked it out again after work, and also had a friend take a look at it. Since I'm colorblind it's hard for me to tell it's color, but he said it's pure grey/white, no coolant in it at all. It's good to know other people have experienced the same thing on their SPI's. I'm keeping an eye on the coolant level because if that starts going down then I definitely know it's the headgasket. As of now I can almost definitely say it is just condensation. When I installed the motor it was about 20 degrees warmer than it is now and it had no problem with water on the dipstick, so it makes sense. Thanks for all the help and tips guys, I'll keep you updated if it gets better or worse.

BTW My dad has finished the prototype of my SPI controller and I should be able to get it tested this weekend. I'll let all know how that goes as well. Thanks again.
 

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being that your colorblind mike, i feel obligated to tell you that your 91 pony is really bright pink with pastel purple wheels.
 

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being that your colorblind mike, i feel obligated to tell you that your 91 pony is really bright pink with pastel purple wheels.
Lol not quite. It's not like I see in black and white or anything, some colors are just hard to tell or look the same. The worst are blue/purple and red/brown/green. If it's an in-between color like aqua I usually have no clue what color it really is unless someone tells me. After living colorblind for 24 years I can tell most colors by now though, even if it looks totally different to a non-colorblond person.
 

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havent talked to you for awhile mike...cool that you got an spi in there now...im gonna go with the above and say its probably condensation in there and nothing to worry about...but good idea to keep look on fluid levels
 
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