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Re: Ssssssmokin'!!...my .02


First you should try to determine what kind of smoke it is. It definitely
sounds like a vacuum related problem. I would definitely look in the
intake track for traces of oil (breather/PCV/turbo). I really don't think
burnt anti-freeze would burn your eyes. I would guess it would be the stem
seals. Have you done the highway coasting trick? Also, if it were the
exhaust seal of the turbo, you would see it more than just under a
negative load (like off idle).

As far as the intake gasket goes, if it wasn't sealing right I'm sure you
would notice it at 18PSI. There's a lot of distance between the water and
middle two intake ports...If it were an issue of burnt antifreeze, I would
suspect the head gasket.

Hope this helps,


> Hey all, I got a question...Sorry if you get repeats, cuz this is goin to
> both 2.3 Lists...
> Anyhow, i got the Pinto fired up for the first time in a while over the
> weekend.  Runs pretty string, and smooth, etc.  But, it smokes like CRAZY
> when I first let off the gas and coast(in gear), like when a lite turns
> red up ahead of me.  The exhast is crystal clear when I acclerate, cruise,
> idle, all the time, except it billows smoke for about 5 secs when I take
> my foot off the gas.  I can rule out pulling the oil from the PCV system,
> becasue the one that goes into the intakje manifold is plugged, and the
> breather fell out of the vavle cover last time at the track and I havnet
> gotten another yet.  If it was the turbo, I figure it would do it more
> than just when I let off, and same goes for the valve guides/seals.  FWIW,
> when the smole is puffin, its bad enuff to burn your eyes.  
> I also figure if it is a ring/piston/head gasket prob, it would show up
> when the car is under leoad too...
> I wonder if maybe my intake seal is bad(how I have no idea), and the
> vacuum gets really strong and somehow pulls water in thru the intake port?
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> Scott
> -71 Pinto, stock 2.3 turbo, 13.67@98, radials
> 	Big intercooler ON!
> 	T4 Compressor soon to be on!
> -85.5 Escort, SOLD! 
> -85 Merkur, let the modding begin! 
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