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Old 09-19-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Smoking at idle??

My car was smoking only at idle and i thought it was the turbo, it turned out to be the head gasket. Since it was factory i thought i would replace it with a copper one along with some APR head studs. Everything was removed and inspected at my mechanics shop. Rings good, head good, etc. Gasket bad.
After all was completed, 2days later, i let the car idle while talking to a friend o mine. It had to be ten minutes the thing started smoking again just like before! Got home, pulled the plugs and some dried water was in the same cylinder(3) just like i saw before the new gasket. how could this happen?
I thought a copper gasket would seal way better, but in the same cylinder thats weird! i really need some knowledge on this!


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Old 09-19-2009, 02:16 PM   #2
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Did you buy a oem headgasket
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Copper is the WORST head gasked you could of used , In my opinion there pure junk

I would first go back to your tuner , If you blew a HG it is for sure a tune issue that is causing it , Only 2 things will create enough heat to damage a HG thats fuel and or timing and not keeping them under controle

Then I would (if this copper HG is bad) change back to stock HG, you could have a warped head , cracked head

Is the smoke white , if it steem , what does it smell like

What turbo , do you have oil restrictors on the oil feed line

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Old 09-19-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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Dag! i wish i would have know about the gasket! I would have got a stock one. I have contacted my tuner, just waiting on a reply. The smoke is white, its very lite then picks up a bit. It smells like somethings burnt, not oil, not coolant, just metal. I know its coolant because the level gets lower in the jug very slowly. The turbo is a garrett tdo4h and it has a 0.63 oil restrictor on it. No oil is found in the exhaust or intake pipes. I have about 30,000 miles on the turbo now. The engine does not overheat, Runs without a hiccup until i let it idle, then the smokes starts after a couple minutes.
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To me it sounds like turbo is leaking

Did you find anything bad with the removed HG

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pray that its not the head
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Everything is in tip top condition as far as the head. The turbo is oil cooled only, what do you mean by leaking?
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Turbo seals leaking

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Does the smoke have a blueish tint or pure white?
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Turbo seals leaking

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Thanks Tom, I'll pull the turbo and check it out.
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