Smoking Like Cheech & Chong (Andy Schor)

Andy Schor walbum at
Mon Jul 20 13:39:37 PDT 2009

Hi Derek,

I haven't had quite the oil comsumption issues that you had, mine has been more like 1 qt/2500 miles or so (Mobil 1).  This car has always been able to withstand idling in traffic.  I haven't driven the car much in the last few months (trying to conserve the thinning UFOs), don't know if/why that would matter.  I guess I should have started it this morning just to see.  At just shy of 300K miles, maybe this is something that I ought to live with if it isn't causing further damage or driveability issues.

Thanks for the response,

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Derek Pulvino 
  To: walbum at ; 200 q 
  Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 3:46 PM
  Subject: RE: Smoking Like Cheech & Chong (Andy Schor)


  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

  > Message: 1
  > Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:18:37 -0400
  > From: "Andy Schor" <walbum at>
  > Subject: Smoking Like Cheech & Chong
  > To: <200q20v at>
  > 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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