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Oil When i unscrewd the dipstick there was smoke comming out. Definately not steam. is it ok?

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If the oil is at operating temp ie: your checking the oil straight after a decent run then a small amount of oil smoke is normal. Check the flakey bits with a magnet if it is ferris it may be some case hardening coming off something if not ferris, I wouldn't worry about it.,,,

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If the oil is at operating temp ie: your checking the oil straight after a decent run then a small amount of oil smoke is normal. Check the flakey bits with a magnet if it is ferris it may be some case hardening coming off something if not ferris, I wouldn't worry about it.,,,

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