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If you have a gasoline engine, blue smoke from exhaust is an indication of the engine burning oil. It may be due to high mileage, poor oil control rings.worn valve guides/seals. Usually costly to repair. Check your oil level every time you fill up. In some cases you can run a heavier grade oil that will slow down the oil burning/consumption

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