3B Smoking; flunked Emissions Test

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Fri Sep 27 21:04:05 EDT 2002

I'd really suspect the competence of a testing service that runs cars
inside without putting an exhaust hose on the tailpipes.

At 04:26 PM 09/27/2002 -0400, Sullivan, Alan wrote:

>Blue smoke, very light and only briefly upon revving up the engine after
>idleing; engine FULLY warmed up; brand new Mobil 1/filter (15W-50); turbo
>puts out full 1.7 bar.  Car is starting to consume some oil between changes
>-- roughly 1 qt every 2,000 miles or so (pretty minimal).
>Engines lived on Mobil 1 at 7,500 mile intervals.
>Smoke was extensive enough to piss off the emissions testers -- they had to
>open some additional windows to cross-ventilate the garage area.  It's not
>enough to be noticeable to others when driving.
>Alan Sullivan
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Brett Dikeman [mailto:brett at cloud9.net]
>At 11:45 AM -0400 9/27/02, Sullivan, Alan wrote:
> >My 91 200q 20 valve flunked emissions testing due to "visible smoke."
> >   Car
> >runs great; mileage is 156,000.
>My  gut reacton is "I don't buy it."  These engines are bulletproof.
>What color was the smoke?  Was the engine warmed up?  Was this at
>idle, under load, low RPMs, high RPMs?

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