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Smokes bad on start up but after a few mins it clears and theres no smoke at all, but it have started to miss.been to its oil seals or oil rings ? is this a major job, and have the engine got to be stripped down

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Sounds time for a overhaul, , The oil is burning up you may try a can of restore to help it . This stuff really works good. It will clean your engine and may free yo your ring's. Worth a try befor the exspenive overhaul. You can just replace ring's however as long as you got apart just as well do it all and save the problems later. Good luck to you. Thanks for using Fix Ya.

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