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Lots of white smoke when starting my A3 2.0TDi 54plate..

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by sarah1989, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. sarah1989

    sarah1989 Member

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    Had few problems with my a3 recently, but now when I start it it doesnt go straight away sounds like its struggling, then when it goes it puffs out alot of white smoke diesely/oil smelling.

    Any ideas? x
     
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  3. sarah1989

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    Also what should she be idling at on cold start?x
     
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    Are you losing coolant quite quickly as well ? If you are, it could be the famous 'porous head' syndrome which that engine (BKD? ) suffered from around that time. Water gets into the cylinders and causes cold start problems and white smoke. Try using K-Seal leak sealer which you pour direct into the expansion tank. Worth a try at £10 a bottle ! Mine idles at 850 approx on cold start. Hope this helps
     
  5. sarah1989

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    No have never lost coolant *touchwood*

    Mine idles at around 900 but when first started it tends to have a big mis fire every few seconds up to about 1000rpm.. :(
     
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    That sounds like good news not having any coolant loss.

    Maybe a Vagcom scan would show up something - I'm sure someone on here will be able to help you.

    I'm afraid I'm not expert enough to help any further - sorry.

    Good luck
     
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    sounds like the turbo to me leaking oil into the exhaust and intake ,the produces clouds of white smoke , has the car lost power ?

    does it sounds as though the car is locking up when trying to start it ?
     
  8. sarah1989

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    When you say locking up how do you mean?
     
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    Think this may either be a turbo or oil problem
     
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    Doesn't oil leak produce blue-ish smoke?
     
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    True. Its unlikely to be turbo or oil problem.

    Take the car for a good 15-20 minute drive and get it warmed up, if theres white smoke it could be burning coolant, which means head gasket, or porous/cracked head usually.

    If it stops when its warmed up I wouldnt be too worried, diesels can be smokey until they warm up.
     
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    It's only when you start it up, when its warm its fine just cold starts really x
     
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    That will be just steam . Nothing to worry about it will always do it when it's cold. When the engine and exhaust systems warm up all the condensation from the exhaust sysyem evaporates .
     

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