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99 Ford Ka3. 1.3 Engine smoking badly first thing

Had stem valve seals done, piston rings replaced, oil & filter, and still smoking?? tech would did the work said it will burn oil for a while to continue using the car and should clear??/ is this true, or any other possible cures please, thank you,.

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  • suziq67 Apr 22, 2009

    From exhaust on start up, when warm it clears lovely, performance fine! just fills the road in the morning etc. Any ideas? thanks for you help, susan

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    Ok my partner has just read my report and is confirming yes it smokes from start up, but when accelerating it is still smoking is this ok for burning the oil off?? We feel like it the same before the valve stem seals where fixed and then piston rings!!

  • Dale Long May 11, 2010

    Where is it smoking from??

    Exhaust, engine compartment, on start up?

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When your engine is running oil is circulating through it to lubricate the moving parts. When you shut off the engine the oil will pool in the top and drain back to the bottom via oil passages. The oil is hot and flows freely back into the oil pan. The engine and all of the parts are hot (remember metal expands when heated).
A small bit of leakage could be running into the cylinders while the car is cooling off. Could be caused by worn valve seats or valve guides. There will be some oil usage during the break in process of a rebuilt engine, but I think you are experiencing oil burn off. Don't be afraid to get a second opinion.

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