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Old 01-23-2023, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Workhorse 350 Smoking

Hello, I have a 350 workhorse that is smoking as soon as you start it. I havenít had a chance to drive it around for a while yet to see if the smoking stops after it is warmed up. I adjusted the valves. The cart is lifted (maybe stock lift?) and I drained the oil to ensure it wasnít overfilled. I added a few ounces less than 1.5 quartz back in and it is still smoking but again I havenít had a chance to run it much and see if it goes away. Before I put a lot of time into it, is there a way to check the valve stem seals to know if they are the issue? Could it just be that I havenít given it enough time to clear all of the oil out yet? Also, I did compression test it and one cylinder was 160 and the other was 165/170
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Old 01-23-2023, 10:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Workhorse 350 Smoking

Typically valve stem seals will smoke on first start up then clear up as it burns the oil off. If the smoking is constant, and your oil level is correct, then it's probably broken, worn, or sticking oil rings. You could use an oil detergent, or add a few ounces of ATF to clean up gummed up stuck rings on a long shot. If that doesn't work it's time to open it up for inspection. Severely worn valve guides could cause smoking as well.
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Old 01-23-2023, 11:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I will run it for a while tomorrow and update. If the oil rings were worn wouldnít the compression be lower?
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Old 01-24-2023, 08:38 AM   #4
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What color is the smoke?
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Old 01-24-2023, 10:39 AM   #5
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The smoke is white
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Old 01-24-2023, 06:52 PM   #6
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Maybe itís just cold and needs to warm up
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Old 01-24-2023, 07:15 PM   #7
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White smoke means it may have water in the gas, bluish grey means it burns oil.
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Old 01-24-2023, 08:17 PM   #8
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White smoke means it may have water in the gas, bluish grey means it burns oil.
Most people have a hard time distinguishing between white, gray, blue, or black smoke.

The dead giveaway is the smell. The smell of burning oil is unmistakable.
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