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April 5, 2013, 6:39 am

Louis V

Question: why does my car smoke?

it smokes when it idles for a good period of time. its an older big body grand marquis and im not sure if its possibly the valve covers having a small hole in the gasket(s)? also it has excessive oil consumption as well. i have went underneath the car and essentially everything on the bottom of the engine has either caked on dried oil on it or has oil leaking from it. i have seen oil dripping down from a small hole in the oil pan that im about to change this weekend, but im not completely sure thats the only spot. when i drive i can smell burnt oil as well from time time, not all the time though. any info would be great appreciated and thanks for your time

April 7, 2013, 4:02 pm

Tyler O

Smoke from under the hood: Fix the leaks. Valve covers, front and rear main seals, oil pan seals, cam seals etc etc.

Smoke from the tail pipe: This could be valve stem seals, piston rings, or a PCV problem.

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