97 3fse ?, blows smoke but not always,.

Asked by Oct 07, 2014 at 12:41 AM about the 1997 Toyota Caldina

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Has done 241,000 had tune ($600), motor runs very well, good power. Have 4wd Corolla
1800 for comparison. Smokes really badly after coming down steep ski field road, lots of
engine braking. then after about 1 km, it would clear up.

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With that amount of mileage, you probably have worn engine valve seals or worn piston rings. Time for an engine rebuild if you want to keep the car.

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