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Old 08-27-2001, 07:58 PM
William Anthony
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smoke coming from engine compartment?

Hello to everyone,
I had some preventive maint. done to my newly acquired 79 300cd. i.e, oil change, fuel filters, adjusted the valves, air filter etc. I also had the old smudge and old oil steamed off the engine. After I get the car back home I notice that I have smoke coming from around the manifold/bottom,air filter compartment area. At first I thought it was just oil had gotten on the manifold, but after three days it's still smoking in this area. It was not smoking before I had my mechanic do the service. What could be the culprit? Could the manifold be still burning off? I'm getting worried and really need some advice. I don't want to mess up this really nice machine. Please help. Thanks to all in advance.
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Old 08-27-2001, 09:11 PM
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You may want to take it back and ask if they pinched the valve cover gasket.
Donnie Drummonds
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Old 08-27-2001, 09:15 PM
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Thanks Benzmac,
I'll take it back tomorrow to see if they pinched the valve cover gasket.
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Old 08-27-2001, 10:58 PM
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I could be totally wrong, but if they changed the transmission fluid, then I would think it's possible that it's over-filled, and coming out of the vent, and dripping onto the manifold? (this happened to me once).
In any event, good luck finding your problem.
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