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My ford focus 1.4 is burning oil and white smoke is comming from.exhaust is there anything I can do to sort this other then a new engine.

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Its eighter a intake or head gasket it leaking .Has it over heated lately or the radiator have freezing issues .
Try not to drive it until you can get fixed antifreeze breaks down oil and this will reck the engine farely quickly

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White smoke usually indicates that coolant is getting into the cylinders and most typically that's the head gasket. A good mechanic should be able to run a compression test to tell you more about what the problem might be.

A replacement head gasket is certainly less than a new engine, but a used engine from a salvage yard can sometimes be economical so that 's worth exploring, too.

Good luck.

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SOURCE: Burning oil-no visible leak. Seems

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photo7 says:
what about the piston rings

Benimur says:
that could be checked with a compression tester at your dealer

Benimur says:
so for the moment course of action would include: compression test
dye to determine where the oil went, if no trace found then it could be assumed was burned; change the catalyctic converter, it went as a direct result of oil in the exhaust system

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some remedial/temporary workaround includes installation of an aftermarket oil cooler with its own fan; maintain a lower engine temperature by removing the thermostat (not applicable to cold regions) and wiring the radiator fan to continously work.

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SOURCE: White smoke exhaust

White smoke is caused by coolant or water coming out the tail pipe. There is a chance that the white smoke was caused by water splashing up from a puddle onto the exhaust pipe. Keep an eye on the coolant level in the radiator in any event. If its less then there leak coolant leak in the car engine which is causing this problem....

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SOURCE: White Smoke From Tail Pipe/Exhaust

It often means that you are burning antifreeze. You asked if it needs antifreeze, have you noticed any leaking out of the reservoir tank while you are running it? Sometimes when the head gasket goes it will produce a passage for the antifreeze to pass from the capillaries into the combustion chamber. It is easy to check if you have an air compressor. Remove one of the rear sparkplugs and the radiator cap. Fill the radiator and then push some air into the sparkplug hole (get a good seal in case a valve is open). Repeat with all the cylinders and watch for air bubbles coming up into the radiator. If bubbles come up or fluid is pumped out, the head gasket is blown and must be replaced. It is more likely to happen at the back of the engine because it is farthest away from the fan and therefore gets less cooling. Also check your oil for discoloration. If it is a brownish color it could mean your oil and antifreeze are mixing and has the potential to damage your bearings

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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SOURCE: water and white smoke comming out exhaust

your cooling system is preasureising due to a leaking cylinder head gasket the white smoke you see is coolant passing through the exhaust valve on the offending cylinder have the cooling system tested for CO content hope this advice helps

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SOURCE: freelander td4 engine smoking through the exhaust

could be your head gasket

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