Car smokes from the engine

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Asked by Apr 26, 2008 at 12:58 AM about the 1990 Ford Thunderbird LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 1990 ford thunderbird and it has only 52,000 miles on it which is great but I got it home and realized that the engine smokes like its has a oil leak. How can i fix this problem? And could it be something else that is making it smoke?
                                            Thank you,
                                                    Amie

7 Answers

Check your center intake Gasket inside the engine and look for carbon residue and your leak should be close hope this helps

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The first thing I need to know is if its a 3.8L V6 engine or 5.0 V8?

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yeah definitly check your gaskets, check how tight the oil filter and plug are. It could just be left over oil spilled during an oil change, but I doubt it.

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This is a good idea. Some residual oil on the exhaust system from an oil change would cause smoke and it will pass. However a bad valve cover gasket will leak oil onto the exhaust manifold constantly and the smoke and fire hazard will never go away.

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it probably isn't oil residue because on both 3.8l and 5.0l the exhaust is away from the filter and couldn't have oil dripped on them,if it is a 3.8l I would take a serious look at the headgaskets because they are a known concern.

retighten valve cover bolts.

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Is it smoking when you drive it or just after you turn the car off? And can you smell any thing while driving.

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