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Hi I have a Golf MK4 1.6 16v S and have noticed smoke coming out of the exhaust on a cold start. The smoke only lasts for about 30 secs and then the car is fine - it drives fine also. I have done some rudimentary checks and the oil levels are fine and so is the coolant etc (not dropping dramatically). I took off the oil cap and looked underneath and there is a small bit of white/cream gunk on the underside but not very much. Any ideas? (I have pictures too if that helps?) Many thanks, Steve

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"smoke"?? you sure it's smoke & not water vapour/condensation?
the gunk in the oil cap tells you nothing really, you can check the coolant reservoir for contamination.
so, to sum up, i don't think you have a problem.

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it probably either hit a fuel line and bent it, or made the fuel pump reset switch check on.. check under the car for damage lines, if not that check the owners manual for dictions on how to reset the fuel shut off switch.. good luck keith....

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It sounds like the hydraulic lifters are bleeding down after sitting for a while... there are ball checks which are supposed to prevent this... Try using a good engine flush (a product that frees sticky lifters) and replace the oil with a good synthetic... Hope this helps...;-)

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