Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I accidentally poured about a cap n a half of oil into my radiator n drove after i tried getting it out, how can it effect my car

asked by on

I was trying to pour coolant into my radiator because it over heats when sitting for a while but accidentally grabbed the oil. I poured maybe a cap(not cup but cap) and half of oil into my radiator. I tried to get it to come out by pouring what water I had into it because the oil was floating. I was then told it wouldn't effect my car because it was so little so i drove to pick up my daughter and ended up in traffic for a hour n half, so ive been driving. How can this effect my car and what should i do to prevent any further damage.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. To address your concern, a tiny amou...

Hello. To address your concern, a tiny amount of oil such as a cap full should not have any sort of noticeable effect on the cooling system. It should not cause any sort of overheating or damage to the cooling system components, I would not worry about it too much. However, if you wish to get it out, you can continue to check and top off the cooling system, as the oil should float on top of the water, making it easy for you wipe up or remove with a rag. Alternatively, you could have a technician flush your radiator out and then add coolant back in to make sure that all oil is out.

Was this answer helpful?
Recommended services
Get a Quote

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What do the error messages mean on the CD player?

Your Accord’s audio system is advanced enough to give you some information if an error occurs during operation. This information can help with troubleshooting, as well as understanding why a disc might not play. Here’s a quick summary of the...

Q: Strange noise while idle and worst when decelerating

Hello, thank you for writing in. The knocking noise from the video may be related to the new distributor that was installed. The distributor and timing can cause pre-ignition of the air-fuel mixture. This causes the rough idle and the...

Q: battery cable replacement

Hi there. If you're trying to change out your battery cables, we actually have a great how to replace the battery cables article that will give you step-by-step instructions. If you read this article and figure out that maybe you...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.