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Old 09-10-2008, 01:18 PM
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After I do a boosted run and come back to idle (say at a stoplight), the car smokes like crazy. I have done about 2000 boosted miles, and car has consumed about 3 quarts of 15W40 in that period, where earlier I needed to put in a quart every 3000 miles.

These things are out of the question:

1) Boost getting into crankcase and rings not sealing - Because I am running THIS valve in between a cheap autozone PCV and the intake manifold. The other vent on the valve cover is plumbed pre-compressor.

2) Leaking compressor seal - Because no oil in the hotside or coldside pipes.

3) Leaking turbine seal - Because no oil leaking out of CHRA

4) Low compression - Did a compression check, it came out 181/180/180/181.

Could my PLUGS be telling me something?

What do you guys suggest?
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Could also be valve stem seals.
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Smoking is bad for you...

I'd seriously recommend changing the oil and adding a bottle of "Engine Restorer" to the oil. It's like miracle in a bottle. I bet it fixes the smoking problem. I always get good results using this stuff. Even fixed my lawnmower from smoking!
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what size oil inlet line? what size restrictor? BB or journal?

it's either that, or your valve seal on #4 is bad, and why your plug looked the way it did.
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-3AN with banjo on both ends, WRX TD04 turbo journal bearing. In the stock subaru application this turbo comes with a 0.065" restrictor.

I put a set of clean plugs yesterday, will pull them today and see if #4 is still the way it was.
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Alright I just pulled my plugs, and its bad news: #4 is very very sooty and oily. The other 3 are normal.

So does that mean valve stem seals then? Do I need to pull the head to do this? I've never done hardcore 4-stroke work before.

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Smoking is bad for you...

I'd seriously recommend changing the oil and adding a bottle of "Engine Restorer" to the oil. It's like miracle in a bottle. I bet it fixes the smoking problem. I always get good results using this stuff. Even fixed my lawnmower from smoking!
I thought you were joking until I saw the Restore website. Will it fix valve stem seal leak? How about Seafoam?
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Alright I just pulled my plugs, and its bad news: #4 is very very sooty and oily. The other 3 are normal.

So does that mean valve stem seals then? Do I need to pull the head to do this? I've never done hardcore 4-stroke work before.

Yeah you can, you have to pressurize the cylinders. How many miles on the car? Might be a good time to pull the head, replace head gasket and maybe some diy porting.
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154k on the clock.

I wonder if its worth it to swap in a good used engine. I want to prep my car for serious track work next year so I need something that wont keep breaking all the time. Even if I did the seals now it might be rings a few miles down the line....
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Engine restorer, or leakdown test. You fail if you pull the motor apart without doing a leakdown test first.
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whats the quickest way to do a leakdown? i dont have an air compressor at home.
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Originally Posted by The_Pipefather View Post
whats the quickest way to do a leakdown? i dont have an air compressor at home.
Buy a cheap air tank and hit up the gas station.
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