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My 2000 Honda Accord's oil is white like milk. What should I do?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Tamica, You need to stop driving your vehicle immediately!! By your description it sounds like you may have a leaking engine head gasket. Coolant has mixed with the oil, and you may be looking at an engine replacement. Head gaskets can be replaced and engines can be flushed, but if you have ran your vehicle for too long like this, you may be looking at a new/used motor.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Oh Dear Tamica, Oil looking like white milk - that is not good. Could be a blown head gasket. If the head gasket is defective, or ripped or worn out - then coolant could be mixing with the oil and would cause it to look like dirty white milk I recommend you take it to your auto repair shop to have it diagnosed ASAP

Gail Dunn, Owner at Women's Automotive Connection Tamica It sound like your head gasket has gone. The coloring of the oil is because water is getting into it. I'm afraid that it will cost a bomb to fix it. The gasket is quite cheap, but the engine will have to be stripped in order to replace it. Take it to a shop as quickly as you can. You can ruin and engine if it is not lubricated properly, and water in the oil can do that.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at That's a horrible sign & a huge repair.

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