[DML] Re: white smoke - cracked head?
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[DML] Re: white smoke - cracked head?

If the motor was overheated then there is a strong possibilty that a
head gasket is popped, not a cracked head. White smoke usually
indicates a coolant leak into the combustion chamber. A definitive
test is to use a "combustion gas tester" to test the coolant for
products of combustion. You can also use a coolant system pressure
tester and see if the pressure rises quickly but that is not as
difinitive. As for the mixture being too rich, you would know because
your eyes would burn from the exhaust and the catalytic convertor
would be glowing red. If the car was running OK before then there is
no reason to believe that turning the mixture screw is going to fix
it. Especially if the tamper-proof plug is still there. More likely a
cylinder is not firing. Usually caused by a bad injector or a problem
in the secondary ignition (wires, spark plugs).
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "javelin1973401" <javelin1973401@...>
> Hello again, thanks to everyone for their reply earlier.  I'll try to 
> keep this as short as I can.  I've been trying to find some time to 
> check a few things, got out there tonight.  Oil looks fine, so does 
> the filler cap.  No white foam in either.  Maybe I'm just running 
> rich then?  I ran it for a few minutes, looks like a little fuel 
> coming out the exhaust (!).

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