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As I parked my car this morning after the 5 minute drive to work I noticed white smoke rising from the hood by the windscreen wipers. Not a huge amount but enough to raise concern.
I turned the engine off popped the hood and took a few pics of the area the smoke was rising from. I feel that the smoke smelt oily so I checked the oil (fine) opened the oil cap and there was plenty of oil in there but also some white smoke.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of the cause based off this description or the photos.
I am due a trip to the shop but need to run a couple of errands before if it's not life threatening for my car.
 

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Oil smell???

Sounds like time for new v/c gaksets. Twenty bucks for the gaskets and crush washers; maybe an hours worth of your time..... May also want to remove and clean the cam oiler tubes. Inspect the timing chain guides while your in there too........
 

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As I parked my car this morning after the 5 minute drive to work I noticed white smoke rising from the hood by the windscreen wipers. Not a huge amount but enough to raise concern.
I turned the engine off popped the hood and took a few pics of the area the smoke was rising from. I feel that the smoke smelt oily so I checked the oil (fine) opened the oil cap and there was plenty of oil in there but also some white smoke.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of the cause based off this description or the photos.
I am due a trip to the shop but need to run a couple of errands before if it's not life threatening for my car.
Valve cover gasket oil leak I'm thinking...or perhaps a pinhole leak in a coolant hose..
 

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How about your coolant level, is the some loss?
I think the white smoke comes from coolant agent.
 

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I would suspect a small (for now) leak in your heater hose and the coolant getting onto your exhaust manifold creating the smoke (most likely steam) and the oily smell from the fact that hot water washing old oil from the area and adding that to the drip.
 

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Thanks for the tips. I will have it in the shop tomorrow but always good to go in knowing a bit about what's going on.
 

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Steering fluid leaking from near the gear box.

I need to take out the gear box and fix the leak also the leaking fluid has mucked up some of the rubber bushings on the left side of the car.

2 quotes so far one $800.00 and one $450.00 both in LA.
 

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let me guess. the $800 quote was further west than the $450 quote :rolleyes:
 

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Steering fluid leaking from near the gear box.

I need to take out the gear box and fix the leak also the leaking fluid has mucked up some of the rubber bushings on the left side of the car.

2 quotes so far one $800.00 and one $450.00 both in LA.
The forum has plenty of even for non wrencher's doable DIY's. It seems the inner O ring at the power steering tends to go first. If I remember correctly, the atf fluid used in the power steering can drip onto, and quickly kill one motor mount.
Another neglected area are the hoses between the 2 firewalls and the little auxiliary pump (tends to rot out).
Cheers
 

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let me guess. the $800 quote was further west than the $450 quote :rolleyes:
The less expensive of the 2 quotes was a nice chap called Sehmi from Sehmi Motors.
Nice guy, he knows a lot and actually owns a nice euro 500 sec with the fancy engine, that he was telling me moved like shit of a shovel, to coin a phrase.
The more expensive quote was definitely more westerly.
 

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The forum has plenty of even for non wrencher's doable DIY's. It seems the inner O ring at the power steering tends to go first. If I remember correctly, the atf fluid used in the power steering can drip onto, and quickly kill one motor mount.
Another neglected area are the hoses between the 2 firewalls and the little auxiliary pump (tends to rot out).
Cheers
Thanks of the tip I'll read up. :)
 
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