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This is a discussion on smoking when idle within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; alright so about 2 weeks ago i was warming up my car and noticed a funny smell, so i poopped ...

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    smoking when idle

    alright so about 2 weeks ago i was warming up my car and noticed a funny smell, so i poopped the hood and noticed a little bit of white smoke coming from what seems like under the turbo, i wanna say its oil because my oil has been running a little low lately, also after i let it idle and i start driving smoke comes out the back of the exhaust for about 5 seconds. other then that it runs fine no funny noises doesnt smoke when im driving doesnt seem like ive lost any power, boost is still the same. Any body have any ideas???

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    Get under your car and look at the oil drain plug and filter. If one of them is leaking oil will splatter onto your downpipe and will burn off causing that lovely white smoke.

    Or if you don't see it there, park someplace really clean, as in no oil spots on the ground. Go inside, make a sandwich, ***** the forums, go to sleep, whatever. go check if there's any oil spots on the ground.

    Does it only smoke when you're starting up? What about when you're driving around?

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    It could be that your AC drain hose has decided to melt against your DP.
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    oh that's another good one.

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    Are you stage two? or have you recently installed anything new. the smoke coming out of the back of the exhaust doesn't sound like oil being spilt on the down pipe, but if your stage 2 a little smoke isn't to be unexpected. But from your first post i really think your problems started when you "pooped the hood". sorry. tell us more about the car. any mods?

    edit: sorry, i didn't see the part that was clearly labeled "mods". its early and i'm in class. that would explain the little bit of smoke coming out of the exhaust especially if you revved it a llittle. so i'll go back to agreeing with blup that you may have spilled a little oil on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blup View Post
    Does it only smoke when you're starting up? What about when you're driving around?

    if i get on it ive been told it smokes a little

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    ok so i guess the smoke is the least of my problems now.. On the way to work today it started knocking and basically felt like it was about to die. So i had it towed to the shop so they can tell me what i already know. Any suggestions on weather to rebuild or just start over??

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    i had it towed to the shop so they can tell me what i already know. Any suggestions on weather to rebuild or just start over??

    That depends on what you already know. If what you already know includes why the original motor failed -- not what the failure is, but what caused the failure, then I'd suggest preventing the cause from happening again and deciding whether you're going to DIY or hire someone to do the work. After that, decide whether you're comfortable pulling apart the old motor or just want to drop a new one in. The cheapest route is usually to buy a used motor in working order and replace yours, but you have to figure out why whatever went wrong didn't stay right to begin with or the bills will just add up.
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