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BLUE SMOKE

1995 Ford Escort

1995 Ford Escort 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual

My car is blowing blue smoke when reved with small amount of black fluid spiting out, car drive fine and does not make any unusual noices it is a 1.6si zetec engine any ideas what this could mean.
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Scotthadley
July 18, 2010.



Blue smoke is caused by engine oil entering the cylinder area and being burned along with the fuel air mixture. Just a small drop of oil leaking into the cylinder can produce blue smoke out the tailpipe. Blue smoke is more likely in older or higher mileage vehicles than newer cars with fewer miles. The car has many seals, gaskets, and O-rings that are designed to keep the engine oil from entering the cylinder, and one of them has failed. If too much oil leaks into the cylinder and fouls the spark plug, it will cause a misfire (engine miss) in that cylinder, and the spark plug will have to be replaced or cleaned of the oil. Using thicker weight engine oil or an oil additive designed to reduce oil leaks might help reduce the amount of oil leaking into the cylinder.

Bluelightnin6
Jul 18, 2010.