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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-26-02, 08:57 PM
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Not driven for a few days...

Im not sure if this is a problem or not but my falcon has been sittin in the garage for the past 5 days and i started it up this morning and it idled very badly and spewed out some white smoke from the tailpipe. Usually she kicks over instantly and idles normally but this time it was very rough. When it warmed up it seamed to be running Ok. Is this coz i have left it sitting for a few days?? or could it be something worse?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-27-02, 09:27 AM
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Well my car is a bit like that after I have left it for a few weeks or months undriven. I strongly recommend leaving the car to warm up completely (until the temp gague is 'normal') before driving.

I think the white smoke is water vapour from the exhaust, and it's important that all of this gets out of the system.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-27-02, 09:50 AM
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The battery also slowly loses its charge over time, and in the cold weather it doesn't help. The LTD starts just a little bit slower these days, I've been checking the volt guage and its been down when you first start up. The cold tends to do that...

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I have noticed that my car tends to do that as well. The car is driven pretty much every day, but on the odd occasion it may be left in the garage on a Sunday. Then go to start it on Monday and it is a little bit rougher than usual.

When I went to Queensland for 2 weeks a few years ago I came back and started it and it was quite bad and took ages to warm up properly. But all was good in the end :)

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-27-02, 12:25 PM
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I started her up this morning... All is good - dunno why it did that the last time... Another weird thing i have noticed is that if i do a U turn on a round-a-bout, I get a shit load of white smoke and a burning smell coming out the back! Obviously its the power steering - but it still feels normal to drive. What could this be???


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