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Valve cover gaskets replaced on Suzuki Grand Vitara now smoking out exhaust losing oil from exaust

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Triple posted and fully answered 1 time.
do we get 4 posts.?
id the VC gasket leaking or not. just look only YOU can nobody here. ever.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015


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I have the same problem on a 2003 Town & Country. The cover for the front 3 cylinders is quite straight forward, but in order to do the rear cylinders I believe you are going to have to remove the cowling below the windshield. You will need a gear puller to remover the windshield wipers first, then remove the cowling. Than should give you more room to work. It's still not going to be easy, but it sure beats paying hundreds of $$$$ in labor charges.

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SOURCE: Suzuki Grand Vitara 2008 head gasket

I dont think you have an head gasket problem.Check that your therostat is working.Try running the engine without it.Or replace it.I would like to now a little moore about this problem,You dont give enough detail on it.

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I would guess you have broken or caused a leak in a vacuum hose which is causing the mixture to be too rich.

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The valve cover gasket isn't hard to change. Oil on the plugs indicates a more serious problem. Smoke from the exhaust would be from rings, rich mixture, worn valve guides. It may be that the engine is overfull (that would show on the stick). Oil loss from a leaking gasket would smoke under the hood and leave oil on the engine and the ground.

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SOURCE: 1996 SL1 after engine overhaul oil is having to be added regularly. Rings replaced, valve seals replaced, valves ground and reseated and head pressure tested by machine shop, head gasket replaced, ti

Depending on how long since the overhaul, and how much oil is being used, you may not have any worries.
Engines built in the factory are within very close tolerances. Engines rebuilt in the shop are not.
So like it was 50 yrs ago, your rebuilt engine may need some break-in time to wear in. The piston rings have to seat or wear into the shape of the cylinders, and so on.
Most of the time you can expect to use some oil for the first few thousand miles then it should stop. You have to drive the car at various speeds and not under much strain for the first thousand or so.
After the first oil change at 3,000 oil consumption should drop off to normal.

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Replaced valve cover gaskets on Suzuki Grand Vitara now smoking from exaust

which of 4+ engine and year,????? G16,J20 , H25 , H27??????
all norm, all top end work puts oil there.
burn it off. (every time ive done this it smokes, countless)
but if put on wrong not reading the FSM book on this job, did you,
many of these engines have an RTV gluing step. you skip that?
gee post engine and can show that page.
if you get smoke for more than say 15min, there is leak.
look for leaks that is step max in the book, says ,start engine
and find leaks. always. if it leaks then, now you know why.

some gaskets make funny turns, that can not steal with out RTV.
RTV is (silicon gasket caulk) RTV is origional name from 1965 to now. named by Dow Corning long ago. and shows up as that word
in the FSM book. by suzuki. and their own partnumber too.
google it.
use the type safe for OXYGEN sensors.

FSM means factory service manual. no year stated.

pick a year and read for $4

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Whats the procedure to replacing valve cover gaskets on a 2001 suzuki grand vitara 2.5liter engine?

the steps you want all steps
why not just read the book your self for 4bucks.

posted 100s of times.

its all there in the book and 4bucks aint squat.

Mar 11, 2015 | 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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I got a friend to put valve gasket covers on my marquis once he finished we cranked the car a lottttttt of smoke started coming from the tailpipe and from under the car so he went back in and resealed the...

im not gonna defend the guy, but when an inexperienced person changes a valve gasket, oil drips everywhere . it gets on your exhaust manifold and will burn off causing your car to smoke like cheech and chong!. as for smoke coming out of your tailpipe. that could be something completely different., why did you think you needed to have your valve cover gasket replaced? were you burning oil. or was oil pouring out of the valve cover? did you check your oil dipstick? was it milky? or clumpy? was your car losing power? need a lil more info. starter could be he shorted it. or it was just time for it to go. starters just go sometimes. no warning. but like i said no info. smoke deffinately worse cause of oil on exaust manifold. it will burn off eventually. hopefully that will be the end of the probs. but check that oil. look for color like milk. power in car getting less and less. if thats the case. than blown head gasket. many other possibilities. does it leak coolant? maybe freeze plug popped out. lets just hope alot of spilled oil and big smiles. :)

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1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara just had the engine replaced, but it is burning oil out the tailpipe the warranty company is saying it is the value covers, is this true

Valve covers leaking oil OUT the tail pipe, no way in hell! Valve covers can leak oil onto the exhaust manifold, but there is no way its going to get into the exhaust from there and out the tail pipe.

Bad valve guides and/or valve guide seals would put oil from the top of the head and into the cylinders. That is a far bigger job than just replacing valve cover gaskets.

Don't let the warranty company give you any more of that kind of BS.

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There has been an issue of Suzuki engines smoking due to the PCV. valve or the baffles under the valve cover. One method of curing this is to place an oil separator between the vacuum line from the intake and the PCV. This will make for the need to keep an eye on it as it will fill up with oil eventually thus negating the purpose of placing it there in the first place. I think the big fix would be to remove the valve cover and check the oil baffles and filter therein. The problem is that oil builds up at the location of the PCV and is getting sucked into the intake via the vacuum hose to the intake. The quick fix? unplug the PCV and plug up the vacuum hose to the intake. This will get you by until you can get it to a mechanic. Anyway, That what I know. hope it helps

Aug 23, 2010 | 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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Fuel smell in oil, and also burns aprox. 1 qt. of oil in 300 miles of use. Just had the engine rebuilt due to valve clatter,smoking on acceleration and start-up

Intake, combustion, exhaust system is supposed to be separate from lubrication system. You have a breakdown somewhere in that separation evidenced by gas smell in oil and oil coming through exhaust. Possibly head gasket or piston ring. Take it back to the folks who rebuilt it and ask them about it.

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