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Old 04-22-2007, 02:25 PM
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Puffing smoke when starting

My 02 F150 with a 4.6 is puffing smoke a little bit when it fires up. What should I do to straighten that out? It only does it after it sets for a while.
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Old 04-22-2007, 05:28 PM
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What kind of smoke.......
black oil smelling
black sooty looking
gray fuel smelling
white coolant smelling
Could be a number of things..........
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:17 PM
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Probably the same as mine, blue smoke-fuel smell. Only after sitting all day or overnight.
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:51 PM
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What kind of smoke.......
black oil smelling
black sooty looking
gray fuel smelling
white coolant smelling
Could be a number of things..........
Its more of a bluish gray color and I havent smelled it. It does it after setting over night or all day. And it only does it for a few revs after I start it.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:44 PM
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My 1997 4.6 does that too. Normally it only happens after I start it cold, move it somewhere different in the drive way (doesn't get to warm up is the point) and shut it off. Then the next morning when I come to start it it puts out a nice puff of blue smoke. My experience would say that it is a valve seal issue. They shrink and let a little oil drip into the chamber when you start it cold. So that built up oil on top of the piston burns off when you first start it. Not really anything to worry about, but you ALWAYS want to take it easy on your engine until it's warmed up. No worries though, unless you really want to take your heads apart and replace the valve seals.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:49 PM
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Sounds like valve seals...... but I wouldn't think an '02 would have that issue allready, unless it's real high milage. Or been neglected. Keep an eye on it that it doesn't get excessive.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:33 PM
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most definately valve stem seals. No big deal really. Tells you that the valve stems are well lubed.. and that isn't a bad thing. When you start the engine, there is high vacuume. this pulls any oil availible into the combustion chamber. It is the intake valve stem seals that you see the smoke from. The exhaust doesn't see vacuume to pull oil in... but they could be leaking too.
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:23 PM
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My truck does the same thing and its an '03 with 45K on it. But it only does it after sitting 4 or 5 days without being started. The truck hasn't been neglected at all and the oil changed ~3k.
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