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Ford Focus 2000 Smoke coming from Motor

Hi, I have a fod focus 2000, recently while driving I started to get a sense of smoke inside the car when I turned the heating on. I noticed it only happened when the "fresh air option was selected" so it was coming from the motor compartment. I initially though it was something related with the AC, but later it happened when the AC was off (but the fresh air was still selected)
One day I started to feel the smoke just after arriving home, I quickly opened the hood and saw some smoke (not much) coming from the from part of the motor (i guess is where the exhauts pipes are). I also noticed there are some oil leaks for the top of the motor (i was told this in the past by a mechanic that I may have to change the motor seals or the leaks will get worse). I supspect that the oil is falling over the hot exhaust pipes ( manifold?)  and this is producing the smoke. 
My questions to you is: 1) Does any other reason come to your mind that i might be naivily neglecting? 2) what should I say to the autopart dealer if I want to buy this motor sealing (I heard it called a kit, but not sure which kit) and 3) how much time does it take to replace this seal (to have an idea of how much it will cost me)
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  • Alvaro Fernandez Feb 28, 2009

    I think I found the name I was looking for "Valve Cover Gasket" am I right?

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It sounds kind a like the problem I have right now, on my Focus Tdci. I have just been told from my mechanic that the Tdci have pre-heater (almost like a parking heater). If this has a defective gaskets then smoke will apear when it runs. Smoke will come from a small pipe under the car, and smell and smoke may come to the air ventilation in the car. I will often run when it is the car is too cold for the normal heater to do the job. This will often be in the fist minutes of driving.

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  • woob Jan 20, 2010

    It sounds kind a like the problem I have right now, on my Focus Tdci. I have just been told from my mechanic that the Tdci have pre-heater (almost like a parking heater). If this has a defective gaskets then smoke will apear when it runs. Smoke will come from a small pipe under the car, and smell and smoke may come to the air ventilation in the car. I will often run when it is the car is too cold for the normal heater to do the job. This will often be in the fist minutes of driving.

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No ohter reason for smoke comes to mind under the hood
sounds like maybe the valve cover gaskets 20 to 30 dollars here in canada
not very hard to replace take off the valve cover take out old gasket clean the area good and put new gasket in tighten valva cover down usally untill you see the gasket compress a little being carefull not to tighten to much and either break a bolt ot strip it

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