head gasket HELP PLZ

ls1ta98

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well here i go i have a 98 trans am whit a ls1 motor on it today i check my oil level i notice that on the oil tap there is some white stuff like mocues my friend told my that i have to change my head gasket my car has over 120k my car is bone stock and i dont know what to buy what brand and what alse to change i drive my car every day and off course hard lol any one out there can help me on what to buy plz
 

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do some preliminary checks first...check your coolant level in the radiator..check your engine oil on your dipstick for a milkshake...if your coolant is full you obviously dont have a consumption problem, its more than likely condensation collecting in the cap...its not uncommon
 

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dont freak out yet! do you do a lot of quick trips without letting the car warm up? as the other said, check out the dip stick and the coolant levels. drain some oil into a clean container and check it out.

it could just be condensation on the cap since it's the highest point.
 

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Well i check mi coolent level its fine de deep stick is fine nothing on it the oil is fine 2 is just black cuz it needs oil change am using mobil one 10 30 what u guys use? Am sorry but am new to this car i use to drive a neon lol
 

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One more thing am allways low in my oil like a 1/4 low is this ting normal ?
 

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Sounds normal to me.. mine once in a while gets some weird condensation under the oil cap as well. Also with 141K on mine it consumes a 1.5 quarts of oil between changes. I don't know how guys put 5.5 quarts into these with a stock length filters.. on my car that is not even up at the minimum. I always use the long Truck oil filters and 7 quarts which puts the oil level just little past the max line on the dip stick.
 

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You own an LS1, and you just listed two of the most common issues I see on them. Next you will talk about a light tapping when you run your car cold and you will have the trifecta!

The mucus buildup is pretty normal on a ls1 especially if you're making short trips. If you aren't overheating constantly, losing oil pressure or eating cooling I wouldn't worry about it.

Ls1 engines are extremely notorious for eating oil. Do what pewter camaro said and use a truck filter or just make sure to check and top off the engine regularly.
 

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You own an LS1, and you just listed two of the most common issues I see on them. Next you will talk about a light tapping when you run your car cold and you will have the trifecta!

The mucus buildup is pretty normal on a ls1 especially if you're making short trips. If you aren't overheating constantly, losing oil pressure or eating cooling I wouldn't worry about it.

Ls1 engines are extremely notorious for eating oil. Do what pewter camaro said and use a truck filter or just make sure to check and top off the engine regularly.

finally common sense rears its pretty head.

condensate is exactly what it is. op tell your friend to stop diagnosing vehicles now. hes clueless. anyone who knows ls1's knows what it is.
 

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