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white smoke...

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#1 belizeanbus


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Posted 21 May 2006 - 04:27 PM

More news on the rebuild that seems to never end.

EA82: I removed it, replaced head gaskets, and basically everything else. Returned it to the car and it wouldn't start. Traced the problem to a dead fuel pump, and this weekend finally got her to fire up.

Now,... a new problem. She runs fine for a few minutes then starts putting out clouds of white smoke... I searched in the internet and people say that she's must be burning oil (whitish-blue smoke - mine seems white), so I figured maybe she is burning off the assembly lube etc.

Then I was walking around the vehicle looking for a problem and there is a steady stream of oil coming down the driver's side, looks to be underneath the disty, maybe the valve cover gasket...

Any ideas... I replaced all seals/gaskets with OEM and torqued everything to spec. But this doesn't look good. Please send your thoughts. In the meantime, I'll be hoping I don't have to pull that engien again.


#2 Will Smith

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 11:48 PM

white smoke means coolant. could be a head gasket or intake gasket.

#3 DaveT


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Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:01 AM

I found it possible to get the heads bolted on with one twisted - say up at the front, and the other twisted down at the front. Makes the intake just about impossible to seal up. I found snugging the intake - not super tight, just enough to keep things aligned - while snugging the heads helped to keep everything aligned. Once the heads are not loose enough to move, loosen the intake, tourque the heads.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:26 AM

Did you use OEM intake manifold gaskets? If you didn't, this could explain the white smoke.

How about the reinforced o-ring between the head and camshaft tower? That oil passageway has high pressure and without the right o-ring, it will leak.

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