OH yeah, not what i expected to see when i replaced the VC gasket,but it is what it is. And was wondering if there is anything i Could/Should do. I already added some MMO but doubt that it can do much. This car was purchased in 07 with about 115k and now has about 134k on the ticker, the engine is in a 1988 mercury topaz and it is a 2.3 HSX. The oil is changed every 3k with a variety of oils including supertech syn,vavoline Maxlife Blend, Valv. durablend., Penn.YB, Pen.HM, All 5w30. The previous owner is a very nice older lady and i suspect that the car was maintained well, but can't be sure. It runs well has no knocks and does not smoke. Are these engines known sludgers?