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Old 07-19-2005, 09:31 AM
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Engine Smoke

The other day, the car got fixed. it had water pump failure, rear window regulator was busted and the fan belt needed replacement with a brake job ($1300).

While i got my car and started driving it, reached about 60MPH and the hood opened. It came with a bang and hit the windsheild, blocking my view for anything in the front. the hood cover was severely damaged. well the dealer decided to get it fixed as they "forgot" to lock it.

Anyways, now after 10 days, i got my car back (hate standing at bus shelters to go to work), after about 10 minutes i parked it and turned the engine off. as soon as i got out of the car, i saw smoke coming from the engine with a burn smell. could it be the new brake pads? or a faulty water pump the dealer did not install correct?

but then i started driving again and parked in the parking lot near work and saw no smoke. very strange, any pointers could help.

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Old 07-19-2005, 01:33 PM
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You need a new mechanic

I too have an s320, but I have never had the problems you describe. From your writeup, it sounds like you either have a small oil leak getting on the exhause manifold or your mechanic spilled oil or grease onto a hot engine surface. Either way, you need to find a new mechanic for future work. That kind of sloppiness (not to mention not closing your hood completely) could easily be aprecursor of a botched repair job. I would watch this very closely for a few days, checking my oil and fluids as often as possible. If it is just spilled oil or grease, it will burn off and stop. If it is a leak, it will continue and probably get worse.

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Old 07-19-2005, 04:25 PM
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I too have an s320, but I have never had the problems you describe. From your writeup, it sounds like you either have a small oil leak getting on the exhause manifold or your mechanic spilled oil or grease onto a hot engine surface. Either way, you need to find a new mechanic for future work. That kind of sloppiness (not to mention not closing your hood completely) could easily be aprecursor of a botched repair job. I would watch this very closely for a few days, checking my oil and fluids as often as possible. If it is just spilled oil or grease, it will burn off and stop. If it is a leak, it will continue and probably get worse.

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Thanks buddy. I'll keep an eye.

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