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Experience:  BEng hons Mech engineering, in auto industry 22 years
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Mk 7 transit 2.4 just noticed oil in the water bottle.

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Mk 7 transit 2.4 just noticed oil in the water bottle. trying to establish if I keep driving it what will happen. possible head gasket or oil cooler problem from what ive seen. I do not know exactly its been like this but I'm sure it was ok about 3 weeks ago.
JA: Is this your first time dealing with this issue? What size is your engine?
Customer: yes and its 2.4 diesel
JA: What is the model/year of your Ford?
Customer: 115...280
JA: What year is your Ford?
Customer: 07
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: not tried anything yet....and possibly fixing myself
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no thank you
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Matt replied 6 months ago.


I'd suggest to carefully monitor the oil and coolant levels to see how they are changing and I'd also do a compression test across all cylinders as they should all be within 10-15 psi of each other

if its using a lot of coolant and the oil in the water increases at a rapid rate then you have to stop driving it to rectify the issue

if the compression measurements are OK then it would be wise to replace the oil cooler as the next step

and if the compressions are low then it would be worth trying a bottle of this

as these chemical treatments have come a long way in recent years