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Old 12-07-2006, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default smokey 02 WRX...hmmmm help please

ok, so just wondering, I get a lot of white smoke coming out of the exhaust during start up in the cold, but once warm, the smoke doesnt go away at all. I was told it could be a leaking head gasket, or leaking turbo seal, .... my car is going back to the dealer for the compression check on Monday morning, but the mechanic there looked at it today and says he sees nothing out of wack, no water or fluid around the head, and all fluids were full.....so If they perform the compression test and it comes back spot on, what else could it be?
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:36 PM   #2
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white = water
blue= oil
black=gas

If all your water levels are ok than I'm not sure why you see it after it is warm. May be a prelude to a head gasket. Keep an eye on all you water levels
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:48 PM   #3
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Possibly fried some rings.
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:35 PM   #4
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Possibly fried some rings.
how big of a problem is that? and how can I check to see if thats what it is?
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:55 PM   #5
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how big of a problem is that? and how can I check to see if thats what it is?
its a big problem... do a compression test and leakdown... if you are not mechanically inclined then go to a nechanic with your suspicions...
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:10 PM   #6
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White smoke....how many miles are on your car? Don't they normally say lots of white smoke means a seal on the turbo is going... Your stocker could be on its way out...?
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:17 PM   #7
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yea that was my first thought^^

turbo seal usually produces white smoke on idle while your car warms up or idles for an extended amount of time (redlights etc.)

if this is the case, you can pick up a good used td04 (stock wrx turbo) for around 100 bucks and maybe some guys on the board here will help you install it, provided you pay for beer and pizza...and hookers and blow
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:45 PM   #8
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White smoke....how many miles are on your car? Don't they normally say lots of white smoke means a seal on the turbo is going... Your stocker could be on its way out...?
there is 92k on the car right now


and I have a compression test on monday morning at the dealer I bought it from...had the car a full week now and would be heartbroken if the car was dead, its seriously the only WRX ive ever seen with leather...I love it

if the stock turbo is on the way out, i can definately get a new turbo, because the dealer has to cover it....its included in my warranty.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:29 PM   #9
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If the stock turbo is on its way out, if you have to pay a dime for the install of another stocker, it'd be that much more of an excuse to go with an aftermarket one.


Good luck monday, let us know.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:39 PM   #10
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my buddys MA70 supra used to do the same thing... his turbo was bad, like said before check ur turbo/all turbo seals

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Old 12-07-2006, 07:45 PM   #11
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busted Piston rings = coolant burning?? I thought it was only oil...
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Old 12-08-2006, 06:40 AM   #12
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If the stock turbo is on its way out, if you have to pay a dime for the install of another stocker, it'd be that much more of an excuse to go with an aftermarket one.


Good luck monday, let us know.
well it would be up to the descretion of the dealer...the turbo was specifically included in the warranty and they have to install it...all labor is also included in the warranty. this warranty that I got is awesome, it was the selling point of a 92k mile turbo car..I told him I wouldnt buy the car without a warranty with some odds and ends thrown in, and we made our warranty effective a year from the signed date and included pretty much everything but the clutch, and includes all labor....

so if I need a new turbo it was be easier than needing a new head gasket right? but the turbo spools up great, or at least it sounds like it...so maybe it is just the seal? ahhh Im racking my brain with this...I really dont want anything majorly wrong with my car...if I was mechanically inclined I would just do it all myself ~!
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:43 AM   #13
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busted Piston rings = coolant burning?? I thought it was only oil...
GL!
I know he's saying white smoke which would mean coolent, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the blue of oil burning and the white of coolent. trust me I've seen both more than one man ever should..
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:04 AM   #14
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I know he's saying white smoke which would mean coolent, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the blue of oil burning and the white of coolent. trust me I've seen both more than one man ever should..

to me it looks white, but then again I am color blind lol.. but I think I might notice a tint to it? maybe I dont....so if its a light blue smoke..whats the problem there??
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:44 AM   #15
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is it thick smoke?

i mean this a little extreme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPbIGPj-EGs

but similar to your car maybe?
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:54 AM   #16
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yeah thats a LITTLE extreme...its not thick at all..but consistent if that makes any sense...I wish I had a video camera to help with a video...but I had another friend look at it and he says

its white smoke, no real tint to it, not thick, doesnt smell sweet, just consistent, but flows out more when on the gas.....that was his description
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Old 12-08-2006, 10:07 AM   #17
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More when you hit the gas at idle or driving?...aka more when more fluid is going through a hotter turbo... My money is still on your stocker being dead...90k they say is about right for a turbo's life.
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the smoke comes out more when im gassin it....
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