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#1 russeleoin

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:33 PM

Hi there. I have a 96 18.Zetec with 80k on the clock. She is good car, get in, switch on and off I go. She is a second car and only does 4-5k per year now but I love her and dont want to scrap her and I cant afford a new one. However, she is smoking more and more on start up and when cold. When she is warm there is hardly any smoke, so I assume that the stem seals are gone. I have the haynes manual but is does not say anything about the valve stem seals. Are they difficult to replace and how difficult are they to buy? Thanks, Russ

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#2 btmaldon

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 03:07 PM

Are you sure it is burning oil? Do you have to top up regularly? Only with such low miles I was wondering if it just needed a good motorway run to clear it out a bit.

#3 russeleoin

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:52 PM

Are you sure it is burning oil? Do you have to top up regularly? Only with such low miles I was wondering if it just needed a good motorway run to clear it out a bit.

Hi there, it does not use a lot of oil but I do have to top up every now and then. It is oil though, easy to smell and that typical bluish colour.
Regards, Russ

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:25 AM

Hi

are you sure it is not just the cold weather?
all cars create steam at start up in cold weather.

tom


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