Bimmer Retrofit
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > BMW E90/E92/E93 3-series General Forums > General E90 Sedan / E91 Wagon / E92 Coupe / E93 Cabrio > Water in engine oil?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
      12-25-2012, 09:43 PM   #23
First Lieutenant
Drives: 2007 335i Sedan 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Washington State

Posts: 300
iTrader: (2)

My guess is it is condensation also. But to be sure, you have to LOOK AT THE OIL. Everyone here is guessing. You can drain a little engine oil out or unscrew your oil filter cap and peek in at the oil. If it looks like a milkshake, then you got water in your oil. If it looks like normal oil, then chances are that its just normal oil.
Currently own: 1965 Backdraft Cobra Replica, 2013 Raptor, 2009 Scion XB and 2004 Malibu VLX
Malibu1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
      12-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #24
Enlisted Member
AGM5's Avatar
Drives: E39 M5
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: TARDIS

Posts: 49
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Condensation? That is a lot of water for normal condensation. I would be looking to coolant slowly seeping into the oil. Head gasket is the usual suspect, but due to lack of coating on the top of the head, the water could be coming from the intake, oil cooler, or other low water flow source. As others have said look in the oil filter housing and if the oil looks normal thing look hopeful for condensation. Get the oil changed without hesitation, as just a little water (even from condensation) can displace enough oil to ruin the big end. Take the car out at least once a week and not only get it hot but run it. Various loads and a good highway run to keep the condensation at bay.
348.64 WHP / 343.65WTQ Tuned by BMW Motorsports 4/2001 Bone Stock at 145,000Miles.
AGM5 is offline  
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 08:47 AM   #25
New Member
Drives: 2009 E92 335xi
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: boston

Posts: 28
iTrader: (2)

I changed out the oil and checked the oil filter, everything looks good as there is no sign of sludge in the car. It just comes to show that these cars are meant to be driven! Thanks for the help everybody!
Dr.K is offline  
Reply With Quote
      12-26-2012, 09:03 AM   #26
Private First Class
MineF10's Avatar
Drives: 2012 F10 M5
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Hamilton ON

Posts: 189
iTrader: (0)

Definitely condensation,
nothing to worry about, short trips to work will do that.
You can wipe it of clean, go for a spin ( about an hour drive )
open the cup again and check it out, it should be clean with a bit of misty oil residue. Hope that helps...
MineF10 is offline   Canada
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:30 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST