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Old 02-25-2018, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Smoking and burnt oil smell coming from turbo area. PLEASE HELP!

Ok so I was out driving around in my 08 wrx one day and i started to notice a burnt oil smell so i said hmmm thats weird so i pulled off and popped the hood and there was a light white smoke coming from around the turbo area. all levels are good no i temp on the gauge and oil is level is full. Funny thing is is that thatwas about a week ago so today i decided to warm it back up and see if the problem continued sure enough i started to smell the oil smell and see slight smoke as it warmed up. Pulled off again right as the temp hit when its warm and i notced the smoke was about the same so i drove back home and popped the hood and the smoke appeared to have died off a little bit... really weird wondering what i should do.
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Old 02-25-2018, 04:42 PM   #2
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Look for oil leaks?
Could be a feed fitting into or out of the turbo, could be a hose leak, could be leaking from somewhere close and spraying onto the turbo.

WHen the turbo is cool, look for stains on the turbo, it may give an idea on where it's leaking.
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Old 02-25-2018, 07:53 PM   #3
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Valve cover gaskets gone bad? I get a little smoke and the smell of burnt oil. I know my gaskets are on the way out had some oil on a spark plug when I changed them out a few months ago. Might be worth checking.
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:07 PM   #4
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I had the passenger axle boot wear out and leak on my 04. It caused a spectacular amount of smoke because it was spewing onto the exhaust. Valve cover gasket and turbo connections are the obvious ones I would check first.
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