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Re: Tan Colored Oil on Dipstick

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Tom Bond

01-12-2013 18:31:29

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After all the input I went back for another look today. Here's what I found. The guy is very open to let me look at what I want. The plugs were all dry although a bit carboned up. I cleaned them up and re-gapped them for him. There's a slight coat of white film under the oil filler cap. Not much at all. The radiator seemed the same level when I first checked it although I measured this time. The level is exactly 3/4" above the core. I didn't want to restart it again just yet. We ran it Wednesday, maybe Thursday, not sure. Is that enough time to let it sit before I crack the drain plug to see what comes out? Hopefully just oil. If there is anti-freeze, head gasket or worse in my future? To be honest, I'm probably just going to buy it anyway. The elderly guy is around 80+ and really needs the cash just for living expenses. I can bite the bullet on this one. Just curious to find out how much trouble I'm getting myself into.

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01-13-2013 13:55:25

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 Re: Tan Colored Oil on Dipstick in reply to Tom Bond, 01-12-2013 18:31:29  
As long as no one tries to start it yes that is enough time for it to sit to check for water drips. The oil filler cap says condensation and it does not take a lot of that to cause oil to like as you have seen it. If you get a few clear or almost clear drips then it is just condensation but if green yep has a problem

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01-13-2013 17:15:01

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 Re: Tan Colored Oil on Dipstick in reply to old, 01-13-2013 13:55:25  
After reading this reply of yours, I looked at the caps again and on second look, yes I see a slight indication of it in the upper picture. I guess I was expecting to see a big pile of goo and looked too fast. My experiences with it were much worse than this.

What's funny is that even with a few really gooey caps over the years, I never had yellowing oil (on a tractor or car). Figure that one out if condensation is his problem.


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01-13-2013 18:29:50

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 Re: Tan Colored Oil on Dipstick in reply to Texasmark1, 01-13-2013 17:15:01  
Big problem with trying to figure out what he is seeing is we have little to no history as to how long it has sat and how long it may or may not have been run in who knows how long. If say it has sat for 3 months then run for say 15 minutes or so condensation could well be the problem. Knowing the tractor and who what where and when can make all the difference in the world as to knowing what maybe wrong if any thing

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01-13-2013 05:56:15

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 Re: Tan Colored Oil on Dipstick in reply to Tom Bond, 01-12-2013 18:31:29  
Running the engine will homoginize the water/oil until it has time to settle out. I'd say that could possibly take a week.

Did I see bubbles in your radiator fluid shot?

Otherwise things look just fine. As I said, there is not that much water in that oil and the oil is clean. That speaks volumes. Usually you could use it for black paint.

I hear you on helping the guy out, but that is a gift of charity, not common sense, so are you prepared for that?


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01-13-2013 05:47:51

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 Re: Tan Colored Oil on Dipstick in reply to Tom Bond, 01-12-2013 18:31:29  
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Tom, Does the owner have anything to put on the tractor to load it? It looks to me like condensation. I have experienced this many times. The oil in my 6 cyl Chrysler in my forklift is almost always like that. I have to work it for an hour for it to get hot enough to drive the moisture out, then it will clear right up. The story with the tractor that you are looking at sounds ideal for condensation, and it can happen in one condensation event. If you can run it with a load for awhile so that the temp gauge comes up to mid range for a half hour it should clear up.

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