valve cover gasket replacement and still smoke


Asked by Aug 18, 2014 at 01:30 AM about the 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT Spyder

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

ok, so I got my valve cover gasket replaced and my engine is still smoking. I have noticed there is still a VERY small oil leak out of one of the bolts, but even before I had this done, my car NEVER smoked as bad as it does now....

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by the way, the smoke is white, but not thick at all... im just completely confused at this point....

Tom Demyan

There should;t be any oil on one of the bolts. White smoke is usually coolant that leaks and heats up. I'd have the mechanic that replaced your valve cover redo his work and inspect where your other leak is.


ok maybe i didn't explain well enough.. my valve cover gasket is not completely sealed on one of the bolts, and there is a very small leak.... does that make more sense? i can run the car for a few minutes and there is the smoke... and the white smoke is exactly what i was thinking as well... antifreeze heating up.... but i am not losing any fluid there at all... if i am, then it is not noticeable in the least little bit, because i have been keeping track of that for about a week and a half now... im so confused... :/

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also since this has been done, the car has started to run really rich, my plugs were in for 2 days, i checked them and they were sooty black and smelled of gas.... could that be a culprit?


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