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Why Does My Engine Oil Look Milky-Brown?

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Our service center at Carr Subaru in Beaverton gets a lot of questions about vehicles, and one of these questions has to do with the engine oil. If you've recently checked the oil in your vehicle and found it to have a milky-brown appearance, your concern would be well placed. Oil takes on this odd look when water or coolant has managed to mix with the oil. This is a huge problem since neither the oil nor the coolant is doing its job properly. If this has happened in your engine, chances are that you shouldn't drive the vehicle. For Subaru vehicles, call an authorized dealer like Carr Subaru to discuss your best options with one of our experts.

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What are Some Common Causes of Milky-Brown Engine Oil?

Perhaps the most common cause of engine oil and coolant mixing is what we typically refer to as a blown head gasket. This is the important gasket that helps bond the top parts of the engine to the bottom. It also ensures that the oil and water stay in their respective channels. It's not uncommon for head gaskets to fail on vehicles that are old, poorly maintained, or driven harder than what they were designed for. A few of the most common symptoms that a head gasket that needs to be replaced is engine overheating, smoke from the tailpipe, and a loss of engine power.

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Information pages like this one are just one way that you can enjoy a better customer experience at Carr Subaru. Since we couldn't possibly answer every possible question about your Subaru here, we invite you to give us a call or stop by our convenient location at 11635 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005. For your convenience, our online Subaru service appointment form only takes a moment to fill out.

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Why Trust the Dealership Experts at Carr Subaru, Serving the Portland Area?

From the renowned BOXER® engine to the legendary traction of standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, nothing on the road is engineered quite like a Subaru. When it comes to the maintenance, service, and repair of your Subaru, it only makes sense to trust those who know it best. That's why we employ some of the best factory-trained technicians in the business at the Carr Subaru service center. We're a factory-authorized dealership, so you can trust the warranty of your Subaru will remain intact. What's more, we'll only use genuine OEM Subaru and factory-approved parts, products, and accessories when taking care of your Subaru. Find out more in our service information pages, and discover how easy it is to get the most from your Subaru with the right care.

Carr Subaru

11635 SW Canyon Rd
Directions Beaverton, OR 97005

  • Sales: (503) 672-3370
  • Service: (866) 460-0188
  • Parts: (888) 627-4707
  1. Carr Subaru

    11635 SW Canyon Rd
    Beaverton, OR 97005

    • Sales: (877) 271-4560

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