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Hi

As a second car, we've got a 1.3 L plate fiesta. Its a tidy little motor, with no visible rust and only 65k on the clock.

The problem is that on start-up, blue smoke billows out the tail-pipe for the first minute or so. The colder the engine is, the more comes out, ranging from a bit to 'someones let off one of them flares like in italian football' if the engine is really cold. After a minute or so, all the smoke stops completely and its fine.

I assume this is something to do with oil seals somewhere. I was just wondering if anyone has any opinions on exactly what it is, and whether its likely to be a repair that is practical given the car's age and value, as its a bit embarrasing at times!

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It's not worth the hassle. Fords older cars are horrid and things like this are very common. But if you dont fix it, in the end it will be terminal and it will take the engine. So it's upto you, Sorry I could not be more helpfull but thats just the way Fords are made, dissposable is the name of the game, Thankfully newer ones wear bult for longevity.
 

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Dont listen to this guy Rob he clearly hasn't a clue what he's talking about and has no right to dish out mechanical information on which he has no basis to discuss.

No offence Sejin26 obviously that goes without saying; I am not saying that to be rude or offensive in any way.

Rob, it just sounds like there is a little too much oil in the engine to me.

Have a look at the dipstick and get back to us.

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I think you're being a bit harsh about sejin there!

I've read his posts before, and i know he has a certain 'no nonsense' approach which can be taken the wrong way (I remember a post about smashing up someone's car because of a parking dispute!), but i don't think he's clueless.

In response to your question about the oil level, its on just below full. Funny you should metnion it though, as it did do it more when i topped it up, so maybe i overfilled it a bit.

However, its also does it when the oil level is low, so i don't think that all it is. Thanks for your input though. Any other suggestions?
 

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Valve stem oil seals can leak causing this. Is it OHV or CVH engine, been a while and can't remember.

Rik

Yeah, my dad suggested this. Sorry, no idea what kind of engine is in it - its just a 1.3 lx fiesta as far as i'm concerned! (notice its only the dodgy second car so i have little interest in it!)

Any way i can tell?

Are valve seals easily repairable?
 

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Did this on a 1.3 OHV (HCS) Escort I had.

Its a head off job, you need a valve spring compressor and it took me a day taking it steady with a 6 pack of guinness for company:beer:

Take a look in the Oil Filler Cap. If you can see the lobes of a Camshaft its the CVH, if you just see springs and stuff its the OHV.

Try an engine flush and oil change and give some thick stuff 15w40, 20w50 something like that.

Might be all it needs.

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Well its obviously burning oil. As people have said the valves. Or it could be worn piston rings.

To be honest - unless its loosing loads of oil I think you will just have to put up with it. Unless you want to spend money on it, that is.
 

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Sounds most likely to be to valve stem oil seals.
When you turn the car off the oil slowly seeps past the seals and onto the pistons - when you start the car all of this is burned off.
If it uses only a bit of oil, a small drop every 2 weeks or so, then I wouldn't worry about it, as least those cylinder bores are lubed up first thing!:)
 
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