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A smoke coming out when i changed oil i used premium gasoline thank u in advance

A liitle smoke when i change oil

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Sometimes in most overhead valve cars and straight 4cylinders you can have a valve guide seal that may not be perfect.
when you pour the oil down inside the head it goes into the valve guide seal and when you start the car it will burn some oil off that went down inside the valve chamber and into the cylinder.
nothing to worry about unless the car smokes alot or often.

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