DaMadBoy

Engine Running Issues.

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Hello everyone. I'm not sure where to post this as you don't have a section for my specific car but this was the closest one.

 

I currently own a Smart 450 2006 Petrol. My car has recently started using alot of oil and has a oil leak in the engine.

 

When I first start the car, the idle can be a little rough and the engine in general sounds very "ticky" and not smooth like most cars (first time car owner). Also initially at start up the engine runs into high revs at idle, around 2,000 rpm, and pumps out white smoke and then settles down after a few minutes back to around 800-900 rpm.

 

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Stop driving now.  Tow it to a smart specialist.  It sounds as though it could use a rebuild.  White smoke is a blown head gasket, so perhaps if you've been driving it like that it will need a new engine and not a rebuild.

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normally id say white smoke that goes away quick is fine ...especially on cars that dont get driven much ...white smoke that stays in vapour form and buries the neighbourhood in a lasting cloud is bad

 

but since the exhaust/muffler is so close to the engine on these smarts id have to agree with above...take it in to get pressure tested and diagnosed before it blows up

 

 

sometimes white smoke and erratic idle points to something simple like a leaking/cracked intake manifold...better to catch it early

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OK let's get more info.  Does the white smoke go away?  OP didn't say that it does.  Using tons of oil is also a very bad sign.

 

More information, please!

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Sounds like its engine rebuild O'Clock.  Google Fudgesmart and give them a call.

 

 

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Blown head gasket which reseals after if warms up, but still leaks enough to puke or burn up the oil as you drive it, I 1000% agree with above.....either sell it, or get new secondhand engine and swap her in.....or rebuild, but I expect a good used engine would be cheaper..?

By the way, welcome to the site and sorry for the bad news......where in England are you, EX-Pat just curious.....

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I am from Surrey and thank you. I kinda figured it woukd be a new engine. I found one already. Just ned to find someone to replace it.

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You should keep the old engine and see what makes it tic....it'll be a great learning tool,for you....imho.   You never know, it may be just a simple thing and it could be fixed easily and give you a spare.  Always good to have a toy to play with.

 

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Just out of interest, what mileage is on your car?

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Good idea. I was contemplating doing the work myself but my road is difficult to park in, let alone strip a car in. Also I only have a small toolkit and nothing near what I would need for that job.

 

As for the cars mileage. It's done 81k so far.

 

I don't think the previous owners took care of the car. The interior was a right state when I got it so I had all professionally cleaned inside and out.

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So, start small, keep the engine and start the learning process. You'll be able to slowly buy the tools required to do the job and at the same time learn a valuable skill.   81K isn't much at all, so I expect the damages to be minimal I bet.....so you would have a good spare engine maybe...if nothing else a good learning tool to throw away to the scrap metal man if it is no good....but the experience will be well worth it. You'll only need a work table and some plastic bins to keep the parts in....you'll get plenty of help here I'm sure.

 

 

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81k is good going on a petrol for a rebuild...always assuming that it hasn't had one already.

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