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Old 01-31-2003, 09:47 AM
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HELP!! SMOKING MB, not cool

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I have been having a little trouble with our '88 190e 2.3. When it sits and idles for a few minutes (like waiting in line at the carwash) it smokes in a huge way for a couple minutes and then it is fine. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-31-2003, 10:03 AM
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Valve stem oil seals
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Old 01-31-2003, 10:54 AM
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What colour is the smoke?
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Old 01-31-2003, 03:39 PM
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the smoke is mostly white, a little blue perhaps. Like I said, very very heavy for a while and then fine.
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Old 01-31-2003, 05:04 PM
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white smoke usually indicates a head gasket issue. Are you losing coolant?
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Old 01-31-2003, 05:31 PM
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engatwork is right on, white is is usually antifreeze I am afraid. Although it can also show a bad brake master cylinder, however, that does not go away. But burning off the antifreeze would. You can also check for oil in the coolant resevoir. Bad news I am afraid.
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Old 01-31-2003, 10:12 PM
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Those are the classic signs of worn out valve stem seals. Are you using oil or coolant? If it's oil, get new valve stem seals. If it's coolant, pray it's just a head gasket.
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