Antifreeze and Engine Coolant
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Chevy Suburban

What would cause oil in the radiator coolant?

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2004-07-30 22:32:38
2004-07-30 22:32:38
blown head gasket....not good. Could b Transmission fluid because the transmission cooler is in the radiator-especially IF the water has a red tint 2 it,IF it has a automatic transmission.
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