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Smoke and sparks from my exhaust

I have just bought a second hand 2000 ford focus (private sale) on the way home smoke and sparks belching from exhaust every so often oil light would flicker any advice on what would cause this

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    white smoke out exhaust

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Well 1st you need to check and make sure you have enough oil in the engine
suspect valve cover gasket leaking oil
check for oil leak

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