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Postby colly 695 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:00 pm

Hi all,i have a 96 100l lwb shr smily transit,when i start it cold,it chuffs out a bit of blue smoke,but quickly stops after running for a few seconds.
The engine im told is sound,there's no signs of oil seeping out anywhere,can anybody tell me what is causing this blue smoke at start up,and is it anything to worry about?

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Re: blue smoke

Postby Steve B » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:20 pm

blue smoke generally is not good, usually a sign of the motor burning oil, possibly piston rings or just a worn engine, how many miles do you have on the clock?
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Re: blue smoke

Postby colly 695 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:24 pm

hi, its got 103,000 on the clock,just been serviced aswell

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Re: blue smoke

Postby Steve B » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:27 pm

can you tell if the engine oil level stays the same over a period or do you have to top it up
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Re: blue smoke

Postby colly 695 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:33 pm

oddly enough,it was low at one time,the garage topped it up,im sure this was before the service,(2 or 3 months ago) i have checked it recentlly,and it is between min and max,will check again tommorow
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Re: blue smoke

Postby MinorMatt » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:35 pm

You sure its blue and not white??

White smoke at start up is fairly common and nothing to worry about
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Re: blue smoke

Postby Steve B » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:38 pm

keep an eye on the oil level, try and get a sniff of the smoke on start up, you should be able smell it if its burning oil
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Re: blue smoke

Postby colly 695 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:39 pm

yeah deffenatly blue,only a puff thats it not a big cloud lol
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Re: blue smoke

Postby scoobysti » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:41 pm

valve stem oil seals ???
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Re: blue smoke

Postby Steve B » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:42 pm

if its only on start up then I`d be inclined to go with scooby on this one
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Re: blue smoke

Postby colly 695 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:46 pm

cheers fellas,as isay its just at startup,when normal driving,theres nothing i can see coming out at the back,even going up hills with foot to the floor no smoke blowing out,il mention about these seals to the garage.
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Re: blue smoke

Postby Steve B » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:49 pm

let us know the result
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Re: blue smoke

Postby colly 695 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:39 pm

Hi all, could have found the problem,oil level is low,so il top up again and see how it goes must of used alot of oil recently,and the only time you see smoke is at startup,so must be burning somewhere
i am going to look into the stem seals anyway,
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Re: blue smoke

Postby maciejd » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:16 pm

What about smell of fumes ? Is it very strong "diesel" and the "blue" colour is clear blue or rather the smell is like burning oil and its blue-gray ?
If the smoke disappear after few seconds it might be about too small dose of fuel and too much air... Are fuel lines OK ? Maybe they catch some air during the start... If this will be about burning oil - in my opinion - the smoke will gone when the engine get wormer (but then it will be not about few seconds - rather few miles) or you will see smoke all the time, depends on the engine condition.
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Re: blue smoke

Postby colly 695 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:52 pm

just started it again,been sitting for 3 hours,no smoke at all,seems to be only when sitting all day or night,the colour is definetly blue,allbeit see through light blue,the fumes are strong at first come to mention it,does smell rather much like diesel.
Another idea ive had it to get the injectors reconditioned did this on an escort van last year for £100.maybe worth a try
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