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Old 10-09-2012, 12:13 AM   #1
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Smoke coming from 2002 Zetec by dipstick

2002 Zetec SE wagon 166K

I'm pretty green when it comes to car repair. It took me a week to change out the alternator last year. Spent a few days to do the thermostat housing (but now I could do it in my sleep). Changed out the EGR valve relatively easily.

Just had an oil change and it was down to the add oil mark so something is amiss. It's leaking oil around the valve cover and the seal was replaced at a shop less than a year ago. That's probably the PCV line issue mentioned in the forum. That will be addressed when I get a replacement PCV line.

When I crank + idle, after about a minute I see a plume of white smoke rising from the area between the oil dipstick and the engine block. It looks like its coming from deep between the two but I couldn't see the source. Heck I don't know for sure if this is oil or coolant smoke. Like I said - I'm still a noob.

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