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Old 07-15-2003, 20:14   #1 (permalink)
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Puff of smoke, should I be worried?

Hey all,

Just a quick question. More a knee jerk worry. I went to lunch today and took off quick before the car was really (I know, bad! I was being a $@@%@ and showing off) and I looked in the rear view to see a puff of white(?) smoke when I changed gears.

Is this a bad sign? Or do you think its just condensation? Its quite a warm day so I'm a bit worried its not that. I idled the car and gave it low revs to make sure it was smoking all the time (its not).

The temp gauge and oil pressure are fine.

Should I check something, or just relax?

Its a 97 EL XR6. 91,000kms.

Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2003, 20:50   #2 (permalink)
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Did you do this straight after starting it or did you let it get up to running temp first?
It sounds OK. If it was black or blue then there could be a problem.
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Old 07-15-2003, 20:54   #3 (permalink)
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Did you do this straight after starting it or did you let it get up to running temp first?
It sounds OK. If it was black or blue then there could be a problem.
Hey LTD, it wasn't at running temp. It was probably idle for a minute, a slow drive out of the car park (20 metres) and then fast take off and saw the puff.

I'm prob going overboard, but I don't want to wreck my car (contradictary to my actions sometimes it seems), so thanks for advice.. anyone else with ideas or reassurance is welcome to reply too :) :)
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Re: Puff of smoke, should I be worried?

Don't worry, probably condensation. Buy it a little present and say you're sorry. :s6:
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Hey all,

Just a quick question. More a knee jerk worry. I went to lunch today and took off quick before the car was really (I know, bad! I was being a $@@%@ and showing off) and I looked in the rear view to see a puff of white(?) smoke when I changed gears.

My car does this too when I take off real quick then flat/quick change gears. The car makes this screeech sound followed by a trail of smoke...don't know why? [jk] ha...ha...ha.
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My car does this too when I take off real quick then flat/quick change gears. The car makes this screeech sound followed by a trail of smoke...don't know why? [jk] ha...ha...ha.
ha ha ha ha!! No screeech sound, so I know the already bald tyres weren't going balder!
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Yep, my bad definately. I usually always let her warm up unless I'm late for work or something.. poor girl. Hope she's ok.
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My El xr6 manual does the same if i give it a bootful cold, not that I do often.
Its done 230000klms still going strong you got at least another 150000klms + left before youll need to worry about a rebuild so long as you drive it with respect.
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Re: Puff of smoke, should I be worried?

Sound OK to me....
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