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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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I was coming home tonight. I came up to a red light and I saw smoke. It came from the rear cylinder. The smoke itself smelled like rubber. I have a gut-honest feeling that it was a head gasket. Any advice before I tear the engine out?
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As long as you're not losing water & the engine runs OK it's unlikely to be the head gasket. I am assuming the smoke was coming from the left exhaust pipe? If not, & it was just smoking in the general area of the rear cylinder then check that no wiring or anything has come into contact with something hot & melted. I was in heavy traffic once in the rain & noticed smoke. Was alarmed at first until I noticed my left leg of my waterproof pants was melting against the heat shield on the left pipe. Smelled awful & ruined the pants too!

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I noticed my left leg of my waterproof pants was melting against the heat shield on the left pipe. Smelled awful & ruined the pants too!
Been there, done that !! Now I keep little bungee cords w/ my rainsuit so I can wrap the legs (like we use to do to keep our pant's from catching in the bicycle chain)

Did ya notice any increase in the temp gauge afterwards ?
Do as suggested and check that nothing got too close to the engine or exhaust (or maybe the wheel).
Hopefully it's nothin' too serious.


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Ok. Will have to do that. I left one part (a big one) out of the equation last night. The rear cylinder was lightly covered in oil. That's what gave me the thought that it was the head gasket. I actually hadn't checked the temp gauges on my way home. No water was lost. Engine still runs ok. Just, the loss of oil....:-\
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