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Suspect the ECU is faulty causing hard starting. When finaally sstarting puffs big smoke untill clear. Otherwise runs beautifully.

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Try changing fuel filter or checking fuel pressure 40psi at idle minimum up to 65 psi while running at revs

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Some EFI cars have an extra injector called a cold start injector. If fitted this could be faulty.

In both the above cases there may be an ECU trouble code you can read out. In the US Autozone will do this for you.

In the old days the classic cause of hard starting was always faulty engine timing. If your car has a timing belt and it is worn, it may have jumped a tooth or 2., but this is uncommon.

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there are vanes in the exhaust turbine housing that are altered to increase the exhaust gas flow onto the turbine blades for quicker acceleration and these vanes are operated by a vacuum actuator and rod by a sensor
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