Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 13:44:00 +0000
From: Matt Gibson <>
Subject: Re: Erratic Idle and exhaust smoke... wrote: > Rough running without the white smoke, I'd suspect they knocked a vacuum > hose lose when they did the dashpot, but the white smoke sounds like a > head > or head gasket problem. Most likely unrelated to the work they just did, > I'm afraid. Thanks for all the replies so far, folks. I did definitely see some white smoke when I was looking yesterday, but it was just a short while after I'd been prodding around looking for what was wrong -- maybe I prodded or poked something I shouldn't have done. I checked all the vacuum hoses while I was doing my poking, and the problem seems to have gone away for now. Possibly there's a slightly corroded vacuum hose that I managed to move into a more sealed position. I'll check it out more thoroughly when I've had some coffee ;-) I had to drive a few hundred miles last night (Bristol to London and back to see a gig) and while the idle still seemed a little rough on occasion, at anything other than idle the engine worked and sounded absolutely fine. And perhaps I'm just being paranoid and listening to the idle more than I would normally now, because of those couple of times recently when it sounded really bad. I'm guessing that a head gasket problem would've shown itself up on a nice long test drive, going anywhere between a traffic crawl to 80mph, so I'm reassured. Does that sound right to everyone else? Apart from that, the good news is that the new throttle damper has completely cured the old jerkiness-on-decelerate problem I'd been having for months. Cheers, Matt -- "It's the small gaps between the rain that count, and learning how to live amongst them." -- Jeff Noon

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