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Can anyone help me. Before I take my car into a repair shop I would like to have some idea as to what might be wrong. My 1997 850 GLT with a low pressure turbo emits a Blue/grey smoke from the exhaust when i step on the gas after first starting or after the car has been idling for a few seconds, ie; when at a stop sign. Does anyone know what might cause this and if it is really difficult to fix?
 

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It means you're burning oil...could be a number of things...bad engine rings is one possibility. Others will chime in.
 

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Also could be valve quides or a host of other items
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>doug242ti</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">or hopefully worn seals on the turbo. I'd start with an overhaul of the PCV system and hope for the best.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Hey I have the same car..'97 GLT. My seals leaked...only burned after start up. Fixed it for less than $10. <p> Do a visual inspection for leaks, seepage, etc...
 

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this is what my saab did when the stock turbo started to fail.
 

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my 96 850 R does that, except i do have an oil leak. everytime i look under my car after i've driven it i get oil droplets coming from about 6 different places. I think its the tranny, because i put the car on ramps and went under for a better look and found that that is where the leak is starting. i bought a turbo seal off ebay for 5 bucks and havent put it in yet. do you think my problem is the same?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>john_k1989</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">do you think my problem is the same?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You need to spend some time under the car...clean the area up really good and then see where the leaks are exactly to know what they are. If you still can't tell, there is a dye you can add to your crankcase that will help you locate your specific leaks. Oh, also I don't see where leaking from several places is related to the transmission. Tranny oil and engine oil are visually different in appearance, so you'll have to figure that one out by visual inspection with that in mind. You might pull your tranny dip stick and get a "sample" to help you determine if you have some of it leaking out as well (don't use a rag that will leave fibers on the dipstick, like cotton).
 

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My car experienced similar symptoms<p>I serviced/replaced the PCV system, and did complete "Stage 0" maintenence work to my car. What I found to be causing the oil burning in my car was bad/worn valve seals. About half of them were leaking<p>I recently replaced the head gasket and installed new valve seals. Oil consumption has dropped significantly, and there is no visible oil from the tailpipe.<p>This is only my experience, so take is as simply just that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>nobbe3728</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Hey I have the same car..'97 GLT. My seals leaked...only burned after start up. Fixed it for less than $10. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>you fixed your turbo seals for less that $10? In other words, you re-built your turbo? Please elaborate
 
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