Engine Mechanical problem
2003 Mazda Protege 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 61000 miles
My mazda protege emits smoke from the exhaust at startup for about 5 seconds. I can't tell if the smoke is white or blue but its not a lot. The car has no leaks, and I noticed one piston is covered with black gluey stuff which looks like oil. The other three pistons are okay.
I suspect its either the o-rings or valve seals, but leaning more towards the valve seals since it doesn't emigate smoke while driving, just at startup. I going to have a compression test, but was wondering how much would repairing the o-rings or valve seal cost?
Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 8:26 PM