Steam From Oil on Dipstick
This evening my 02 SSEi just broke down and needed to be towed 60 miles to my mechanic.
I had been traveling on an interstate for about 50 minutes when I broke down. Fortunuately, it broke down as I was entering an on ramp to another interstate. The car just shut off. As I was coasting I put it in neutral and restarted it and it chugged so I immediatly pulled over and shut it off. When I checked the oil level the oil on the end of the dipstick was giving off steam. Is this normal? It was about 27 degrees outside. Can moisture in the air condense on to hot oil making it give off steam? I hope so. If it was moisture in the oil giving off steam, I think I've got major problems. In addition, the oil didn't look quite right. It looked almost black ..... as if it hadn't been changed in 30,000 miles (oil has less than 3000 miles on it. It didn't have any foam in it. Once we dropped the car back off at my mechanic'* gararge, I started it for about 5 seconds. There was an audible chunking of sorts coming from the engine.
I just had the intake maifold gasket changed in December of 07. I'm hoping this doesn't have anything to do with this. I'll find out soon enough tomorrow but in the mean time.... any ideas or thoughts .......