1994 Ford Explorer oil smells like gas and white smoke from

Tiny
DAISYFLOWER24
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  • 1994 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 190,000 MILES
I have an over full oil gauge. It was over full when I bought the vehicle but I thought someone just put to much oil in. So I had it changed. Now my oil level is half way up the dip stick and it smells like gasoline. Also when I start the vehicle it takes a couple turns usually to get it started and white/blueish smoke comes out the tail pipe. Then I noticed when I hit the gas driving at time there is a clicking sound and when I hear that sound a cloud of smoke comes out the tail pipe just like when I start the vehicle. What does this mean and can
I fix the problem? One other thing. My transmission fluid leaks to the extent that I must put in two quarts of transmission fluid in every week or so. We thought it was the gasket so replaced that and changed the transmission fluid but it is now still leaking. I heard something about it being a seal? Is that expensive to fix and how serious is the problem? Please help me out. Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,
Daisy
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Friday, July 16th, 2010 AT 10:18 AM

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Tiny
JOE F
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The white smoke has be thinking a bad head gasket. However, if you smell fuel in the oil, that makes me think it is running rich, not burning all the fuel, and with the miles on it, the fuel is getting past the rings. Have you noticed the coolant level lowering?

As far as the trans, is the leak between the trans and engine?
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Saturday, January 12th, 2019 AT 5:13 PM
Tiny
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No the coolant has not gotten lower. But when I bought it I had to put a new radiator in it. We flushed the coolant and it was very brown and dirty. Now it sort of looks like it is getting dirty again.

As far as the transmission I don't really know where it is leaking. I just know my Dad changed the gasket and said he thinks it is a seal. And he said that is a lot of work?
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Saturday, January 12th, 2019 AT 5:13 PM
Tiny
JOE F
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If it is the front seal, the trans needs removed, so yes it is a lot of work. However, the part is cheap. I need you to keep an eye on the white smoke. Keep checking the coolant level to make sure it doesn't go down. If it does, let me know so I can direct you as to how to check things.

Let me know if you have other questions.

Joe
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