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1997 Eclpise Turbo Smoking

I just purchased a 1997 Eclipse that supposedly just had a new Turbo put on it and it is blowing white smoke. When you rev it up it blows a big cloud of smoke and when it idles it blows at a steady rate but as you drive it, its seems to stop smoking. The Check engine light is also staying on. We purchased this car for my 16 year old daughter but are now afraid to let her drive it.

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Check and see if there is any shaft play in the turbo

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Hi there,
to be honest the white smoke sounds more like a problem with water getting into the combustion chamber and being blown out as steam through the exhaust if its white.

Are you loosing cooling fluid ? Check the fluid level in the reservoir. If the Fluid is being lost it could be a number of costly issues, the best of which would be a cylinder head gasket that is blown allowing coolant to seap into the combustion chambers, Worst still could be a cracked head or block that is allowing the same thing to happen. Sometimes you can see a scummy deposit floating in the radiator fluid as a result of oil and water mixing to a degree as an indicator.

There is a chance that the turbo could have been faulty and the seals in it are leaking or that the unit was fitted badly and that may great some grey smoke but it may be worth taking to the dealer and asking them if they think its a cylinder head gasket.

Sorry - I think it really is going to need serious attention either way and has to be fixed prior to letting your daughter take this too far from home currently.


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I call the head gasket on that

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My car did the same thing same model and turbo all you really need to do is run it go crusin until the problem is gone

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Its sounds like a leaking head gasket. check the coolant to see if there is any oil in it or if the coolant is low. if its loosing coolant with no visible leaks, its probably leaking into the cylinders. best thing to do is check the compression. its should be around 170 psi with no more than a 14psi difference between cylinders.

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