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bob.steigers
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,



I was just driving down the road in my 993 today, suddenly thick acrid smoke began pouring out out of the air vents. I stopped, and had to evacuate the car of my 2 year old sitting in the baby seat, as i thought there was a serious fire. A kind driver even stopped and approached with a fire extinguisher, the smoke was so bad.

It stopped after about 5 mins, and i decided to get the car home - with no futher incidents.

I was driving slowly, and had been for the whole journey, as we were in town. I think it may have happened just as I lowered the temp setting on the climate control. The car sems fine now, but still a bit smelly, maybe just the residual smell from before.



Anyone had any similar experience? any one know what might be going on?

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Bob




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now i'm not 100% sure

But i remember hearing about how oild can leak into the system or somthing

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If oil gets onto the exhaust through clumsy topping up and/or faulty heat shields, that can cause smoke to come from the vents. But this sounds different and maybe more serious... What colour was the smoke?

I'd get the car seen to soonish...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply. The smoke was light grey. I'm pretty sure it was burning oil. I've noticed today that the right hand silencer looks oily, could the oil resevior have overflowed? it is reading slightly high on the oil level.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Quote: Originally posted by bob.steigers on 01 January 2006

could the oil resevior have overflowed? it is reading slightly high on the oil level.

Maybe you've overfilled with oil...? Check out the handbook re procedure... Warm oil after a drive, check with car on the level, wait a few mins - even 5 - before checking via dipstick and dash gauge (but the dipstick level is 100% reliable...)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your advice everyone, Turns out it was an oil, as everyone who replied thought. - both cam covers were leaking oil onto the heat exchangers!

all sorted now

cheers bob


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good to see it got sorted

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had exactly the same thing happen with my car, I thought it was a fire during a track day. Turned out to be both lower valve covers leaking onto the exhaust.

How much did it cost you to fix?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Sad
I went to an OPC - it was about 500 Sad

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sad
I went to an OPC - it was about 500 Sad

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I had the same symptoms recently and it was diagnosed as the same problem. Mine cost 400 at an indepedent. This included new cam covers as apparently they are prone to warp and leak again. Cost broke down to approximately half for labour and half for parts.



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