Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 13:56:19 -0700
From: Christian M. Mericle <>
Subject: Re: Oil Smells Like Gas and Is Thin

On 7 Mar 2005 23:02:48 GMT, Dave Hinz <> wrote: >On Mon, 07 Mar 2005 15:42:52 -0700, Christian M Mericle <> wrote: >> On 7 Mar 2005 20:49:03 GMT, Dave Hinz <> wrote: >> >>>On Mon, 07 Mar 2005 13:21:48 -0700, Christian M Mericle <> wrote: >>>> 1985 900 8V (non-turbo) with 165.000 miles. I did an oil change a few >>>> months back. I checked my oil the other day and noticed an slight >>>> overfill. I thought that maybe I had done it accidently during that >>>> last change (but didn't really think so). So, a few days later, I >>>> checked it again. Now, it seemed to be even more overfilled. I noticed >>>> it also looked very thin, so I applied the nose test and found that it >>>> smelled very much of gasoline. >>> >>>Could be coming past the rings, or maybe valve guides. Not many other >>>options. How's it running? Pull the plugs, see if they look OK, or if >>>one is markedly different than the others? >>> >>>Easist problem would be a misfiring plug, which would give you >>>problems with how well the car runs. 165,000 is pretty young for >>>worn rings or guides, though. >> >> It doesn't have any trouble starting. Motor sounds good and runs fine. >> It idles a little high and wants to die when the AC is on but it has >> done that for quite awhile and probably just needs a tune-up. > >Pull the plugs & take a look. Okay. It has been quite awhile since I've had them out. I only use my Saab to get back and forth to work so it chalks up only a small amount of miles each year. >> It doesn't smoke but does blow small amounts of black liquid from the >> tail pipe during/after initial startup. > >That's probably water condensation with soot, yes? That's what it looks like. -- Christian Save Darfur -- World Vision (Darfur) -- ICC (Sudan) --

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