Smoking Like Cheech & Chong (Andy Schor)

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at
Mon Jul 20 12:46:01 PDT 2009


Do some searching for posts I added a couple of years back.  I had the same thing happen on my car, and found it only happened after sitting in traffic for long periods of time.  The smoke would go away after driving for a couple of minutes but it was really embarrassing.  Only happened after sitting and idling for upwards of 10-minutes or so.  In total, I dealt with it two or three times in about in the last year or two of my ownership.

As I also had issues with oil consumption (1qt/500-miles), I tried replacing my turbo with a lower mileage one from an S4.  While I found this replacement it didn't fix my oil consumption issue, I didn't keep the car for long enough after that to find out if it addressed that smoking issue.

My guesses were turbo, valve guides/stem seals, and order of probability.

Derek P

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> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:18:37 -0400
> From: "Andy Schor" <walbum at>
> Subject: Smoking Like Cheech & Chong
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> Cc: Larry <apperception at>
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> Yesterday after a weekend of vintage races and car shows here in Pittsburgh, I figured I was pushing my luck driving the '76 Lancia Scorpion around I brought it home.  I headed off in the Audi towards family dinner at my sister-in-law's house.  After about 8-10 miles in congested traffic (someone had broken down blocking the road), I took the exit and was cruising through the town (~25 mph) then suddenly there was a huge plume of smoke (whiteish) that smelled like oil.  I thought it was wafting forward from the car behind me, but it was actually coming from my tailpipe.  I pulled over, checked oil pressure gauge (5 bar on throttle, 2 bar at idle), oil level registered OK on the dipsitck.  This came on suddenly, there was no unusual noise, I wasn't even accelerating enthusiastically.  I let it sit for a bit, then started it again, same condition.  I parked it there and this morning had the car flat bedded to the mechanic shop (who was still unpacking from the vintage races).  I doubt he'll even be able to look at it for a while.  
> Anybody have BTDTs or thoughts on how much I should brace my self for the wallet vac?
> Thanks,
> Andy
> '91 Avant 297K miles
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