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I have grey smoke coming from my exhaust if I sit in traffic for very long. I know it's oil because I can smell it. Does this mean I need the rings replaced or even possibly a new engine? Could it be anything else that would be less expensive to repair?

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A compression test will tell.
If you have a lot of miles on it, using oil is usually rings. Most shops won't just replace the rings, as everything is probably worn out. (Unless you are lucky and have one cylinder with a broken ring and low compression.)

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