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Old 06-04-18, 08:12 PM   #1
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So in September last year I purchased a Peugeot 207 1.4 (10) plate with 39k miles on the clock from evan halshaw for 3 grand. Servicing had just been done and MOT, all was good. First month I needed gear box replacing as chords and shift forks had went. Thank god it was under warranty.
however around Christmas my engine light turned on so i bought some new oil and when I took the engine cap off to fill it up there was quite a lot of white sludge on the cap however non on the dipstick. I was very worried as this is a sign of a blown head gasket however my uncle who is good with cars checked other potential signs such as pressure/bubbles in the coolant, smell of oil from exhaust, white smoke, and over heating thermostat. No other signs were present apart from the white sludge. He wiped it off and told me to check again in a week.
1 Week passed and I checked, the white sludge had reappeared but not as much as originally. He has put some head gasket sealant in and I check the cap every week and the white sludge is still present however it has not returned as bad as originally.
So my question is..
Could this be a blown head gasket? Is this common on the 207's as apparently they have aluminum engines which are prone to condensation, and has anyone else experienced this?

all comments grateful!! thanks!!
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If it's not loosing coolant then its more likely just the cold weather. If you only do short journeys engine does not get enough heat (even with temp gauge on normal) to boil off moisture that forms within the engine when it cools down and you get the white sludge in filler cap etc.

Now outside temps are warming up it should stop happening
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If it's not loosing coolant then its more likely just the cold weather. If you only do short journeys engine does not get enough heat (even with temp gauge on normal) to boil off moisture that forms within the engine when it cools down and you get the white sludge in filler cap etc.

Now outside temps are warming up it should stop happening
Thanks for your reply !
Hopefully it does stop as head gaskets are around 600 to repair aren't they? I use my car mainly for trips that are around 10mile per day, would that be classed as a short trip ?
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Hi I have exactly the same on mine. Only noticed this winter with the cold weather we've had. As above if there are no other signs it's nothing to worry about, will happen on a lot of cars.
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This is a common mistake people make many engines suffer from this issue and the unscrupulous garages out there will charge for a head gasket repair even though they know its just cold/short journey issue.

On some BMW engines the whole dipstick turns yellow and you cant read it !
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I had it happen a few times on my 406 when running short journeys. Certainly never had the head gasket replaced on that.
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wonder if having the pcv on the cam cover (vti) instead of the crankcase makes it look worse.
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Hi I have exactly the same on mine. Only noticed this winter with the cold weather we've had. As above if there are no other signs it's nothing to worry about, will happen on a lot of cars.
Hi that's reassuring thank you !
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This is a common mistake people make many engines suffer from this issue and the unscrupulous garages out there will charge for a head gasket repair even though they know its just cold/short journey issue.

On some BMW engines the whole dipstick turns yellow and you cant read it !
That's what I was thinking, that's why i haven't took it to the garage yet and it's last service was in September last year so surely they would have noticed something then ? I will check again when the weather starts to warm ! Thanks
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wonder if having the pcv on the cam cover (vti) instead of the crankcase makes it look worse.
Is this what you can see from the photo ? Haha sorry I'm not so good with cars but it is a verve model
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