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Do i need to worry if i have a puff of black smoke from the exhaust when i first start my car. its black and only for a minit. also my car always smells hot like oily after even a short journey. would this be drives ok with no problems otherwise. i have a r reg escort 1.8 diesle td. dont know if it has ever had a service or not. done sixty five thousand

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65 thousand isn't much for a diesel engine.
I would not be too worried if it is only when you first start it up.

Diesel smells like oil at the best of times especially when it gets on your hands :) I have an old diesel engine (280,000 km never had the head off ) with no fancy turbo or anything on it. It used to blow a cloud of black smoke when I started it in winter time. It used to crank more before it started when it was cold too. The problem turned out to be 5 out of 6 of my glow plugs were broken. So it was just squirting more and more diesel into the cylinder before it generated enough heat to start. When it finally kicked all the fuel burnt at once hence the black smoke. There is a way to test your glow plugs (assuming you engine has them) with a multi meter. Or just get a mechanic to check and replace them as needed. Mine were about as complicated as changing a spark plug.

This is just my experience. I'm sure there are other reasons your can might be blowing black smoke.

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