Car problems: water in engine oil

Oil and water do no mix and this certainly holds true for your car. Motor oil keeps your car engines lubricated and clean. Know what to do if you are experiencing car problems because water is in your motor oil. We compiled some tips below to avoid destroying your engine or paying for expensive repairs.

Why water and oil get mixed up

Everyone knows water and oil are not supposed to mix, but it can happen to anyone. What happens is, if there is a head gasket problem, then water is bound to enter in a water-cooled engine. Motor oil by itself is used for lubricating essential parts or internal combustion engines. It cleans, reduces corrosion and keeps the engine in a good condition. When water somehow ends up in the motor oil, this could seriously damage the engine. Therefore, the car should not be driven further to avoid damage. You will get serious car problems if water is in your engine oil.

  • How to detect if water is in your engine oil

To know if water is leaking in your engine oil, open the hood of your car and check oil levels using the dipstick. Take note if your oil levels are going down or up as indicated on the markers.

Also, if the colour of the oil is lighter or milky white instead of light brown, then the possibility that water has leaked into your motor oil is high. Feel the consistency of the oil. If it has a watery feel then you might have something else mixed in your engine oil. Also, check your head gasket to see if it needs replacement or is still in place.


To avoid bigger car problems because water is in the motor oil, switch off the engine and call roadside assistance. It is cheaper to replace a leaking, cracked or blown head gasket than to change an entire engine. Also, there might be other causes of water getting mixed up in the engine oil which a qualified mechanic can tell you. Usually, oil is changed as a preventive measure. Damaged gaskets will be replaced or repaired.

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