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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Urgent Advice needed - Plumes of white smoke.
I have just started my 2005 Alfa GT JTD after changing the thermostat, maf, maf to inlet pipe, air filter and fuel filter.
Upon starting the car a small amount of white smoke was coming out the back but I thought nothing of it as I had also taken of the turbo top hose and wiped around the throttle stop butterfly and I wondered if it was just burning some carbon residue left from that.
Anyway, I steadily drove off down the road to get it up to temperature and almost immediately I notice the smoke increasing, 2 minutes later it was absolute plumes of white smoke every time I was on the throttle, enough not to be able to see anything behind me. I headed straight back home (1 mile). Had a look at the smoke from the exhaust and switched the engine off.
I had a look in the engine bay and couldnt see anything amiss. I checked the oil and.............. No Oil!! Well it was just about visible on the very very very end. So in 5 mins of driving it managed to drink and burn a litre of oil.
I rang the ever helpful Autolusso Bournemouth and they said to not start the engine again and that its likely the intercooler and manifold is full of oil for one reason or another.
I then pulled the top turbo hose and I could see oil just laying in the inlet manifold.
I have no idea what has happened here. Before changing the aforementioned parts the car was running fine (with the maf unplugged) with no smoke at all, even under very heavy throttle.
I didnt use any rags to block any holes that may have been left in place, I am 99.9% sure I have fitted everything back as they should.
I am almost definitely going to get it recovered to Autolusso as my driveway and the weather doesnt really give me the ability to look into this much further.
If anyone in the meantime anyone has any ideas as to whats going on/has happened and advice then I would really appreciate it! As you can imagine, my weekend and my future bank balance isnt looking too great.
Need an Alfa! Cheap, cheap! Pref something older that needs a little work!