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Oil in Coolant no Coolant in Oil

So I have a 2010 SE with 207,000 miles. I noticed my heat wasn't working so I take a look at the coolant and find out that most of it is gone with oily gunk in most of the lines. I flushed it all out and got the heater core unplugged. I'm still getting oil in the coolant. It mostly floats to the top of the overflow bottle and I'll siphon it out once a month. The engine oil dipstick looks fine and I may have to add a half of a quart of oil between oil changes. I had a local shop test it and they felt the water pump was fine and they told me it had to be an internal engine issue and we left it alone. Does this car have oil lines that run through the radiator that may be leaking into the coolant? Any help would be appreciated!
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Hello, sounds like a water pump leak to me as they are internal and coolant leaks into the oil etc. How long have you owned the car? How often have you changed your coolant? How good is the shop you took the car to?

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I've had the car since 2013 and it had about 90,000 on it then. I have neglected the coolant, only flushed it once I realized how bad it was. I trust the guys at the shop. We are all understand that I don't really want to spend $1000 or more to replace a water pump on a car with this many miles. If the oil was getting in there from any place other than the water pump I'd try and fix it. Not worth it to me to have it replaced with that many miles on the car.
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If it is the water pump how long before I start getting the water in my oil?
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If it IS actually the water pump you are on borrowed time. Coolant neglect is one of the problems of failing water pumps and of course is a lot of time and money to replace.


I'd be concerned that it could go whilst you are out and about, and think you are risking driving it on long distances etc. I'd recommend just getting a 2nd opinion to be sure. (No disrespect to your mechanic) but no harm in finding out.

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Pull the dipstick and check your transmission fluid. Any signs of milkiness?
Some vehicles have the transmission fluid cooler integrated with the rad, and a seal failure can cause intermixing, usually with a very negative impact on the transmission. It's a must-fix-right-now problem. Not expecting this to be your cause - but an easy check to rule it out.
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