Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 22:50:52 GMT
From: malcolm532nopsameja.com
Subject: Re: Big cloud of smoke, trail of oil....


Agree with Paul Try cleaning the engine off (Steam cleaner et al) and check around the engine between the block and the head. In addition look for any burst hoses (Oil and or water). If this all looks ok and there is nothing obvious check that there is no oil in the coolant or vis versa. Take the plugs out too and see if they are badly oiled or wet with coolant Add engine oil as required and get sombody to start the car with the bonnet up. If there are any leaks these should become evident straight away. Just let it idle, not spinning the turbo up Rev the engine alittle when it's warmed any tinkling noises from the TUrbo? Could be bearing failure in that. End of the exhuast black/sticky with burnt and unburnt oil - again points to the turbo. Another check is to do a compression test. If the pressures in all the cylinders are with 10 - 30PSI of each other then the engine is probably ok. If not then it could be gasket/valves/valve seats/Cylinder head. A good compression tester costs about 20 pounds here from any good parts store - make sure it will reach your spark plug holes! Ripping the head off and or changing the turbo is relatively easy if you have some good tools, a garage and time. Exchange turbos are available. However you may want to consider a rebuilt/exchange engine and or a 2nd hand one rather than fiddling with the one you have. I think if you made it home with all the guages pointing in the right direction it sounds like the turbo has blown. Hope this helps Malc Scotland > Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Before you buy.

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