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Old 08-23-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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Strange smoking problem

My car has started to smoke (blue) occationally when I start it up and let it idle. I havent noticed it smoking when its a cold start but usually when Im at home and start it back up after Ive had it running. Its strange b/c the smoking goes away when I start to drive it. I havent had the smoke come back after ive been out driving and let it idle either. I had this happen a month or so ago but it only happened once. My dad said maybe bad vavle seal.

Engine has 103500 miles on it. Ive been turbocharged for probably 6k or so. Im just having a hard time tryin to figure this out. Id like to solve this problem before it starts to smoke all the time.


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Old 08-23-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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obviously burning oil... question is where its coming from... could be coming from the pcv... (any catch can?).. could be coming from the turbo itself... or you could be having problems with rings or valve seals...

need more info to really be able to tell..

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Worst it could be bad piston ring or valve seal. Seeing as it's not that bad, it's probably not, but could get worse if not taken care of.
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If it smokes in between shifts its most likely the rings
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Nope, pcv is vented to the ground. I dont think its the turbo, its only got like 6k miles on it. I also have an oil restrictor on it so its not seeing more than like 30psi. I havent noticed it smoking inbetween shifts. As soon as i give it gas it starts to clear up, then it usually comes back when I let it idle. This is still on a warm start up and idling. Even if it starts with the smoke, If I take it for a drive, park it, and idle, I havent noticed it start smoking again.
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Sounds like a ring since it only does it under vacuum do a compression test real quick
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Ill check it soon. Its not under all vacuum though, like I said, only at idle rpms on a warm start up have I noticed it.

I really hope its not rings, I really dont have a lot of money to throw at this till next spring. College is gonna eat up everything I have saved right now. *crosses fingers*
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Just dont run it real hard and you can buy some more time
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Do a compression test and a leak down

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rings would smoke the same every time , it wouldnt come and go with rings

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