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Old 06-07-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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I dont know where to begin diagnosing this problem. The car starts fine, fluid levels are normal but whenever I run the car for more than 10- 15 minutes on the road smoke starting coming from the right wheel. I looked under the car and found what appears to be oil maybe power steering fluid ( yellowish) dripping along my chasis frame. the transmission pan, oil pan and must other parts under the car are wet.

When looked at the engine the smoke is very light but can be traced to the back engine block where the spark plugs are located.

Has anyone had this problem?
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It'* possible it could be power steering fluid. Check the fluid level. If it'* low there could be a leak.
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there is plenty fluid in the power steering. I will try to tighten the bolts. I did change my power steering pump myself about 2 months ago
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If it'* still full then that'* not leaking. That leaves the water pump and axles.
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I jacked the car up wiped the oil, trans, and power steering clean to see if I can find the leak. I rev the engine for about 2 minutes looked around the engine and under the car to find the smoke or leak couldnt find it. I drove the car down and back and when I put it in reverse smoke come from back of the engine. I seeing smoke come from the exhaust manifold or around that area.

Maybe a bad valve cover gasket or manifold gasket??

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Maybe a bad valve cover gasket or manifold gasket??
Probably a bad valve cover gasket. They are not that difficult to replace.
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Sounds like a valve cover gasket. How'* the oil level?
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Oil level looks fine, the dipstick is reading full

May I have a write up for replacing the valve cover gasket, I cant find it in my haynes manual.

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What about a wheel bearing?
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What color is the smoke?
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