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GREY SMOKE AT START UP AND AT HIGH IDLE

I JUST BOUGHT A 2004 INTREPID R/T WITH 77,000 MILES RUNS SMOOTH AND GOOD BUT IT SMOKES SOMETIMES , BY LOOKING AT THE ENGINE I COULD TELL THE DRIVER SIDE CYLINDER HEAD LOOKS LIKE IS GOT A BLOWN HEAD GASKET BECAUSE THERE IS OIL ALL OVER IT, CAN YOU GIVE SOME ADVICE?

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Sniff the exhaust, does it smell like oil or antifreeze? If so, replace the head gaskets

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