Originally posted by clayne
"I hate to spoil the party, but if you are blowing white smoke for as much as five minutes you probably have an internal seal problem. The reason it stops after five minutes is because the main cat finally gets warmed-up to where it begins to work scrubbing clean your exhaust. Usually white smoke means coolant, blue smoke means oil.
EDIT: And I mean a fogger type cloud, not some wimpy white puff extending six or so inches from the tailpipe."
ENOUGH. Been done over and over and over.
This myth keeps going. Ignore the white smoke, do a proper test by looking at your plugs, monitoring coolant levels, and the bubble test.
Just a comment here.
I post my suggestions as just that suggestions. Despite the fact that I have only been posting on here for less than a year, does not mean I do not speak from experience. I have owned an FD since August of 1992. I probably was one of the first few hundred or so to purchase an FD in the US. I have put over 227,000 miles on two FDs since and have probably experienced every malady discussed on this entire forum. I do not go around trying to impress everyone with my experience every five minutes and I certainly have better things to do each day than hang out on a forum and mind meld with a bunch of gen Xers. When I make a suggestion, it comes from pure experience. It is offered free of charge in hopes that some one can benefit from the suggestion.
I have experienced everything from the earliest ECU idle problems to engine fires. I have been through three engines in the course of that time and know when an engine fails because of an apex seal and when it fails because of an internal o-ring seal. I have done all of my own mechanical work for the last five years. I have completely R & Rd one motor, rebuilt my transmission and have done everything else in between.
When my first engine went, one of the first indicators was a cloud of puffy white smoke on cold start-ups. Hence, the reason for my edit to clarify the nature of the smoke and to distinguish it from condensation.
I offer my advice from real experience and do not depend solely on what I have read on the forum. I also do not care if the subject has been posted once or a dozen times previously. I simply like the fact that new rotor heads are coming on line and I try to encourage the growth of that community by giving a little helpful advice. So lets stop being the forum police and have a little patience with the dialog folks.