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Old 03-23-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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is black&white smoke bad?

i fixed the p1233 problem with a new fuel pump relay, so i loaded my tune back on with my x3. i've noticed that every other time i go to start it i have to cranck it forever to get it started. but when it does it RUNS! i did notice a big puff of white smoke today when it fired up after cracking it for a while, and when i revved it up a little black smoke shot out of the exhaust. my car doesn't burn oil, any one know what's going on?


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If it is cold where you are the white could be condinsation the black is fuel more then likely
White could only be water/antifreze or oil , black can only be fuel

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Old 03-24-2009, 01:41 AM   #3
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is the fuel smoke something of concern? an does anyone know what might cause it to no start right away? it's turns over like it's not getting spark but then it starts after a while and runs good. it's not throwing a code, but i think my idle valve is bad cause it wants to idle at 1500-2200. so i taped off 2 of the 3 holes on the tb idle circuit for now. it bought it down to 1000. but i hate it not starting!
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I had white smoke with my nissan and I had a bolwn head gasket, you might be mixing anti-freeze in with the oil....but IDK.
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check your oil. if it's a milky consistency it's more than likely your head gasket.
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no milky oil. it doesn't burn oil. my zetec runs awsome at 231000 miles! i don't think it's the hg.
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black smoke is from all the fuel sitting in the cat after it not starting

its been cold and wet up there last few days so I agree with tom, just condensation.
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