Engine Mechanical problem
1995 Mitsubishi Diamante 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 158000 miles
I have a 95 mitsubishi diamante - 158,000 miles. This car runs great, everything works well, decent gas mileage - I love this car. I bought it used 6 years ago and within 6 month of purchasing it a lifter began ticking. Had it to the warranty assigned mechanic twice but the ticking was never resolved. The car runs fine and it only ticks when there is a temperature change in the weather and once the car heats up it stops. Within the past 6 months I noticed intermittently blue smoke coming from the exhaust - especially if the car has idled for any length of time. I assumed it was burning oil because I also assumed some sort of seal associated with this particular valve/lifter was bad. Because it was so minor I asked questions of my mechanic, but could never replicate the problem so let it go. Just took the car on a 400 mile road trip. Incredible smoke upon arrival! But no loss of oil in the crankcase when checked. Coolant was low but not empty-and the smoke is not white anyhow so I dont think it is the headgasket. The smoke STINKS. Drove home with no incident - no loss of oil, no loss of performance with the car, but the smoke is now consistent upon acceleration and intense when idling.
no one seems to be able to pinpoint where the smoke is coming from. Could it actually be the headgasket damaged just enough to compound the bad valve seal? And if it is the headgasket would the car overheat of quit?
have the same problem?
Sunday, June 1st, 2008 AT 2:39 PM