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Old 02-05-2013, 09:27 AM   #26
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That doesn't even look like synthetic Mobil 1 to me, does the oil look clean? I would drain that stuff immediately.

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I replaced mine with a blouch dom 2.5 xtr but mine is built. If you need a turbo I have a fresh td04hl-19t.
If you're looking for a cheap replacement, I would jump on that.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:12 PM   #27
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That doesn't even look like synthetic Mobil 1 to me, does the oil look clean? I would drain that stuff immediately.



If you're looking for a cheap replacement, I would jump on that.
Definitely not synthetic! I'm picking up 5 quarts and a filter from advance (I get that ex employees discount) tomorrow see if that makes it stop smoking. Also picking up the leak down tester from my job Friday seeing as in someone took home the only one we had in the lab.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #28
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Keep us updated, you can also buy Rotella t6 at a much cheaper rate at Walmart and they usually carry gallons/quarts.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:25 PM   #29
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Should I pick up 5w30 or 5w40?
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:50 PM   #30
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Drop the turbo heat shield and downpipe and tmic. you'll have an easier time to inspect all the coolant hoses, and oil line banjos for leaks. If the back of the turbo is oily, then that catted downpipe is toast. clean up the top of the coolant fill tank too, it looks like it had a spill or cracked hose dripping coolant all over it too.
Everything looks stock on that, if it has the stock uppipe, maybe the cat and/or egt probe is broken in it choking off your turbo.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:29 PM   #31
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I run Rotella t6 5w-40 all year round.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:20 PM   #32
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I run Rotella t6 5w-40 all year round.
This s**t ^^^ love it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:06 AM   #33
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Any updates on this?
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #34
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UPDATE!!!!!!

Took today and tomorrow off.


So changed the oil with the t6 like ya'll suggested. This guy over filled this car by over a quart. I started it this morning and on initial start up a small cloud came shooting and then immediately idles properly. not sure if that fixed the blue smoked from the exhaust but it helped a little.

Now there's still the issue of the smoking from the engine bay.


It looks like it's smoking from the coolant fill cap (since there's no cap on the radiator???).
What the hell is that thing called??? It looks like its smoking from underneath that. I checked opposed forces but theres no name for it. Any ideas???
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #35
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replace the cap with a new one, easy fix
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:37 PM   #36
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replace the cap with a new one, easy fix
You honestly think it's that simple? My OCD will not let me believe that lol!
It still pretty much smokes from the bottom of that unit. I'll pick up a new radiator cap tomorrow just for good measure.

On another note the clutch is going.

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:19 PM   #37
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Drop the turbo heat shield and downpipe and tmic. you'll have an easier time to inspect all the coolant hoses, and oil line banjos for leaks. If the back of the turbo is oily, then that catted downpipe is toast. clean up the top of the coolant fill tank too, it looks like it had a spill or cracked hose dripping coolant all over it too.
Everything looks stock on that, if it has the stock uppipe, maybe the cat and/or egt probe is broken in it choking off your turbo.
I'm thinking that it might be a cracked hose or the coolant fill tank might have a crack in it thats leaking down to the exhaust causing it to smoke as well?!!!? I'm gonna check this tomorrow. Then do the leak down test and compression test. Just for good measure.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:21 PM   #38
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If you havent add/ changed the coolant, and coolant is leaking from the cap then yeah I would start there first. Is the passenger side valve cover or head breather leaking at all?

Its kind of hard to determine if the smoke you are seeing on start up from your exhaust is typical cold weather condensation or smoke from burning oil. If it smells like burning oil pull the down pipe and check for oil on the hot side of the turbo. When my turbo seals went bad, it was a slow process that got worse over a month or two until it was embarrassing to drive in traffic.

Hopefully checking those things will help you narrow down your issue

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Old 02-07-2013, 06:48 PM   #39
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If you havent add/ changed the coolant, and coolant is leaking from the cap then yeah I would start there first. Is the passenger side valve cover or head breather leaking at all?

Its kind of hard to determine if the smoke you are seeing on start up from your exhaust is typical cold weather condensation or smoke from burning oil. If it smells like burning oil pull the down pipe and check for oil on the hot side of the turbo. When my turbo seals went bad, it was a slow process that got worse over a month or two until it was embarrassing to drive in traffic.

Hopefully checking those things will help you narrow down your issue
Thanks slverej will do. Definitely oil, but also cold weather condensation it was about 30 degrees out which was colder then the first video.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:05 PM   #40
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It snowed pretty bad yesterday. I did get a chance to replace my radiator cap and it's still leakinge coolant from the fill tank so im assuming that needs to be changed.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:18 AM   #41
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pretty sure its just the cap leaking..replace it

in my case, the filler neck on that turbo coolant resevoir rusted and coolant seeped thru and burnt off it..I replaced mine with the black plastic ones on the newer wrxs..
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:26 AM   #42
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pretty sure its just the cap leaking..replace it

in my case, the filler neck on that turbo coolant resevoir rusted and coolant seeped thru and burnt off it..I replaced mine with the black plastic ones on the newer wrxs..
This is exactly what's happening with mine. I replaced the cap already and its still leaking.
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Here's how I fixed my smoke:

1.)Jack car up, clean anything that looks wet under the engine.
2.) Drive it for half an hour.
3.) Find where its leaking from.

You might be leaking more than just coolant, usually burnt coolant smoke isn't that thick.
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When you take the radiator cap off when the car is cold, is the coolant level topped off? Might be a head gasket or coolant getting by the iacv going into the intake tract. If you take off the iacv (on top lf the throttle body) make sure you have a replacement gasket.
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When you take the radiator cap off when the car is cold, is the coolant level topped off? Might be a head gasket or coolant getting by the iacv going into the intake tract. If you take off the iacv (on top lf the throttle body) make sure you have a replacement gasket.
Just checked it and The coolant level is definitely topped off. Just an update but i haven't seen any blue smoke come out of the exhaust since the day after i changed the oil.

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:26 PM   #46
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If it's actually smoke and not steam coming from under the coolant tank cap, then I'd suspect a leak in the head gasket. I think you can get test strips to check for exhaust byproducts in the coolant, or take it to a shop.
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Yes, open the cap when cold, start the car.
If it's puffing then the exhaust is in there.
Also do the same for the main radiator.
Open when cold start the car and look for puffs of smoke.

You can do a combustion leak test on it for $44 -$55 for the kit.
Napa sells a kit with the blue liquid that turns yellow if it finds combustion in the coolant.
Just be sure to remove some coolant so you don't pick up coolant into the tester.

Head Gasket or Combustion Leak Test

Check youtube for examples.

I have to do a HG leak test this week with the kit I got.

I hope the turbo seals are bad and the exhaust is being pushed up that way?? or HG blown.

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:07 PM   #48
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Yes, open the cap when cold, start the car.
If it's puffing then the exhaust is in there.
Also do the same for the main radiator.
Open when cold start the car and look for puffs of smoke.

You can do a combustion leak test on it for $44 -$55 for the kit.
Napa sells a kit with the blue liquid that turns yellow if it finds combustion in the coolant.
Just be sure to remove some coolant so you don't pick up coolant into the tester.

Head Gasket or Combustion Leak Test

Check youtube for examples.

I have to do a HG leak test this week with the kit I got.

I hope the turbo seals are bad and the exhaust is being pushed up that way?? or HG blown.
Thanks for this. I'm gonna try to get all this done through out the week. I'm hoping its just the turbo seals too. Good luck your diag.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:15 PM   #49
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I did the compression test and my numbers are pretty low!
Cylinder
1.119
2.110
3.115
4.115

Not sure if these are my numbers or tool is messed up but its a new tool.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:46 AM   #50
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On a cold engine those numbers are decent. On a hot engine with fuel cut and WOT I'd say maybe a bad tester. If you tested it twice with two different tools and got the same results I'd say low compression. But fact is you have a good grouping with low cylinder variance. About %8. Well within spec.
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