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When I start the car after it has been parked for some time it smokes a lot. i have done the cylinder head. but the problem is still there.

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If the smoke is a blueish color then you probably have worn oil rings that need to be replaced.Check the pcv valve to see if it clogged. If it is white in color,Have a compression check done on the cylinders to make sure there is no internal leak.

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