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This is a discussion on smoke outta the hood scoop....advice? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Well i have an 04 WRX with ~82K on the clock. For all intents and purposes it is stock. Yesterday ...

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    smoke outta the hood scoop....advice?

    Well i have an 04 WRX with ~82K on the clock. For all intents and purposes it is stock.

    Yesterday i was driving home and i noticed a tiny bit of smoke coming out of my hoodscoop at the stoplight. NEVER HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. I immediately pull off the road into a gas station and open the hood. It looked and smelled like burning oil, but i couldnt find any leaks, and i wasnt low on oil at all. About 1500 miles ago i changed my oil with the standard full synthetic 5w-30 mobil one.

    The smoke appeared to be coming from the turbo area. Im still hitting full boost and everything seems to be fine now. No smoke anymore, no funny noises, nothing out of the ordinary.

    Ever happen to anyone before? Should i be worried?

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    Have you been touching your downpipe or turbo area with your hands? Sometimes the oils from your hands will get on the hot metals and will burn off. You may want to also look at the air conditioner drip hose line. I would imagine that it could come loose from the little clip that holds it in and it could have shimmyd over to the hot downpipe. Get in there again, look, snap some pics, post them here.

    -Have you installed or taken off your intercooler lately? Anything that could be rubbing on the turbo's coolant lines and wearing it through?

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    took off intercooler at 71K miles to replace with aftermarket spearco TMIC. Its a pretty snug but good fit in there. I know nothing got messed up during that because i was super anal about making sure everything was in its place afterwards.

    When i said bascially stock, i meant nothing that really increased HP or messed with oil, coolant, turbo, or anything like that. Stock uppipe, downpipe. In Nebraska summer heat, a bigger intercooler is pretty handy. Stock heatshields are still in place.

    I'll check this afternoon to see if the AC drainage hose is touching or got a little fried.

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    I had the same problem the dealership said the turbo seal went out and the mechanic showed me where the oil was leaking out and onto my hot downpipe causing smoke to come up from my hood scoop

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    well i looked and looked. And to no avail. I didn't see any burned hoses, or and signs of dripping oil anywhere. And it hasn't happened again since that first time.

    Everything still seems normal and is functioning well.

    i'll be throwing a VF34 on there in two months anyway....so when i pull the stocker off, I'll let you guys know if i see anything funny looking with it.

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