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Asked by Sep 18, 2008 at 04:40 PM about the 1990 BMW 3 Series 325i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

what would cause high hydrocarbons??? Also transfer coolant into the engine oil and oil into the coolant?

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High hydrocarbon level means that your engine is running on a rich air/fuel ratio. It could be your head gasket.

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I had a 1990 and a 1995 Ford Thunderbird and on both whenever there is coolant in the oil - ALWAYS a blown head gasket - especially if the car is running hot. I don't know when it comes to the BMW but it sounds eerily similiar.

If there is coolant in the engine oil than you either have a blown head gasket or worst case scenario a cracked engine block, Most likley just a head gasket though

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the high hydrocarbons could be a result of a dripping fuel injector and probably could use a professional fuel injector cleaning or the catalytic converter might be trash as well. as far as the coolant issue i agree with everyone else and believe it could be a head gasket blown. i dont believe they are interconnected though because a blown head gasket would lean the motor out not richen it up.

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Yeah, more air would enter the combustion chamber because of the head gasket, so the front o2 sensor would sense a lean condition and fully open the injectors. At the end of the exhaust, it would be normal to see high hydrocarbons readings due to the incorrect air/fuel ratio.

Deffo go for head off but check for cracked head common on these esp if run hot

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head gasket would cause coolant transfer like that. do a compression check across all cylinders and that should give you an idea of what's going on, and where the head gasket blew.

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