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After sitting for a day or two, it nblows dark blue/black smoke for a few seconds when starting

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Nothing to worry about, valve seals leaking alittle, when you shut it down a little oil leaks into the cyclinders, when you start it up again the oil is buring off the pistons,,,,hope this explains your trouble???

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