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Old 01-01-2007, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Am I paranoid or have I done some damage to my car?

Ok guys, I would really love a quick response to this before I try to drive the car home in a couple of hours!

I just made up my own air intake using PVC piping. Went smoother then I thought. Now, the issue is that I took it for a test drive (Intake sounds good can't wait to see what happens to mileage.) Now I admit I beat on the car pretty hard for about 5 minutes. A couple of minutes in to the drive it had a slight surge issue that disappeared when I turned the car around to take it home to scope out the issue. Issue stopped so I beat on it a little more (Flame me later please )

So I pulled it back into the garage and was about to shut everything off when I noticed a little bit of smoke coming from under the hood. Naturally I pooped my pants and threw up the hood. It was not a rubber burning smell but like an oil of some form. I peered down into the engine bay only to find the smoke not coming from anywhere near the air intake but infact from down around the starter motor and transmission area but I could not locate a definete source. After about 10 minutes the smoking slowly subsided.

I switched the car on breifly the coolant temp was fine (I checked it as a thought) and the AT TEMP light went off after it's usual time.

What did I cook? Any thoughts on if I should drive this the 20 miles home in 35 degree weather with a wife and a 2yo. If the car stops I'm screwed. But whats the likelihood that I simply overheated the transmission by beating on the car so quickly and that everything is really fine and I'm just a moron?

Please tell me there is nothing to worry about! I'm pretty knew to this whole engine modification thing...I typically stick with stereos, alarms and navigation!
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:39 PM   #2
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Hard to say, but I think it'll get you 20 miles. If not, call Mark to pick you up
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:41 PM   #3
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Did you check your CV boots?
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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Did you check your CV boots?
To be honest, no I didn't. I didn't have any reason to suspect them. Might go scope out the drivers side.

LOL @ Mark picking me up.
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:49 PM   #5
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Highly unlikely something like an intake would cause serious engine problems on a NA car. Might cause problems with the MAF sensor, but then your car wouldnt start.

I'm guessing unrelated, something else b0rked.
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:58 PM   #6
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LOL @ Mark picking me up.
Just make sure to head out my way when you test this....
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:11 PM   #7
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Perhaps you have either a minor oil leak that is dribbling on an exhaust manifold, causing the oil as it makes contact with your very hot exhaust to smoke and to eventually burn off ? Double check your oil level, whilst parked on a level surface, with the dip stick. Assuming that this is indeed the problem, I don't think it is anything too serious, as long as its only a minor (as opposed to a major gusher) oil leak, and your engine oil level is with in a quart of where its suppost to be.

Also, are there signs that your car is loosing fluids (engine or transmission oil ?) such as maybe a small puddle where you leave the car parked ? You might want to check for a fresh leak by placing a large section of fairly clean cardboard under the engine bay next time you park your car.

Some times the idiots at "Jiffy Lube" type quick oil change service centres will manage to spill a small amount of oil when changing the oil filter, which might eventually run down on to your exhaust system as well.
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:17 PM   #8
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interesting point about the oil leak....I did have a major wrestle with the oil breather pipes that connect into the air intake. Perhaps there was a few drops? This sounds like a likely cause! Thanks Jonathon!

I did have the oil changed a few days ago but I would've noticed this oil. Besides it was done by the garage at the dealership where I work with a good buddy of mine who has been a mechanic for 23 years now. He doesn't spill oil....I don't think

Mark, we have got to try and catch up at a meet sometime!

Also need to post a picture of this intake. It's a weapon and a half!
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:22 PM   #9
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I did have the oil changed a few days ago but I would've noticed this oil. Besides it was done by the garage at the dealership where I work with a good buddy of mine who has been a mechanic for 23 years now. He doesn't spill oil....I don't think
Generally good qualified mechanics (who are also capable of spilling motor oil) will clean up after themselves. although it only really takes a very small amount to cause a bit of a stink.
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:50 PM   #10
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ok, leaving in a few minutes. If I don't respond in about an hour...Mark...Hwy 25 buddy! LMAO

















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Old 01-01-2007, 09:47 PM   #11
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I'm sure its fine. The stumbling/surging may have been because you didn't reset the ECU, or just a hiccup as it does learn.

When my seals in the front of the motor went bad the oil dripped all the way back onto the header and made a good amount of smoke/stink.
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:07 AM   #12
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well..we made it back without an issue. It all went well!

I'm in love with the work I did and I have no smell.

Big ol' Hell Yeah for the 3" plumbing pipe.

Even my wife commented on how it sounded like our old STi back in Australia.
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:02 PM   #13
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wheel bearing?
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:14 PM   #14
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grats on the homebrew, pics?
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:44 PM   #15
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I used 3" ID PVC on my BE. When I got my BK, I decided to go more "highbrow" and bought an ebay intake off Mark.

PVC sounded better, but that was a different engine too. I'm thinking about having someone custom-bend me a 3 1/2" ID metal intake, just to see how it works.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:54 PM   #16
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Hope it doesn't melt is all.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:16 PM   #17
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Still guessing the ECU needs to be reset - I had this problem after installing a JC Sports intake on my old '95 BD. Went away after an ECU reset.
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