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Old 07-29-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
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Diesel woes

My 1984 310 turbo diesel (about 175000 miles) has developed a bad habit - on startup with cold engine there is a lot of smoke and it isn't all water vapor. Useful for fogging mosquitoes but not good for oil consumption. Smoking ceases when engine is good and warm, even on hard pulls. Anybody know much about valve guide leakage on these Isuzu things? Any other suggestions? Jamie
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:16 PM   #2
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I don't have the answer, but if the mods could consolidate the three posts for this that are identical, maybe the responses won't be scattered.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:20 PM   #3
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Sounds like valve guide seals.
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Symptoms you describe are consistent with a turbocharger whose oil seal is failing. It will leak oil into the engine on shutdown and then leak some more until parts expand when it warms up. My old Mercedes diesel did this also and I ran it for several years. Aside from the oil consumption and environmental concerns, it may well run fine for some time in this condition.

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Is it actually using oil ? If not it may be diesel oil burning which could be the injectors leaking after shut-down .
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:01 AM   #6
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Is it actually using oil ? If not it may be diesel oil burning which could be the injectors leaking after shut-down .
Hi, I will place my money and bets on "ticki2"

Hi, shadejo. Was that your Mecedes that sprayed the front on my car with black oil?
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Old 07-30-2007, 04:16 AM   #7
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Yes, it is using oil. I had the injectors out and bench-tested just three months ago. The turbocharger seal an idea I hadn''t thought of yet - thanks. I hope it cuntinues to run for at leatds an other month, since we are currently in Newfoundland and have to get home. Then we'll investigate further. Thanks for your espertise. Jamie
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My 345 always does that on cool mornings and I am not using any oil at all. The engine is just to cold to properly burn the fuel and it will clear up as the engine warms up. On hot days it doesn't do it at all.
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When you get back stateside, consider getting your oil analysed before you change it. No matter how you are burning oil--as opposed to leaking it out, or just blowing it out--an oil analysis may point you to the problem(s) and save you money in the long run. Costs about $20.00.

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Old 08-03-2007, 04:55 PM   #10
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Well, I had a brainstorm - the 'crossover pipe' from turbocharger to intake manifold ought to be clean inside UNLESS the turbo oil seal is leaking. That would tell which problem I have. Test: remove the turbo boost gauge sensor nipple and stick in a long Q-tip. Result: oil! Now to find a place in southeast Newfoundland where turbochargers can be reliably repaired. BTW, This is a fabulous trip! You really really ought to plan on doing it soon!
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Good luck on that. My guess is that you will have to locate a rebuilt unit. Many years ago I rebuilt irrigation engines. One winter when business was slow I rebuilt about 25 turbos. The hardest part was getting parts. It took our parts guy over a month to find someone to sell up seals and bearings. Be sure and check that the oil return from the turbo to the engine is not clogged. I have see that cause oil to leak into the intake. It had coked up. Clearing that solved the problem without replacing the turbo. Worth checking.

By the way, good detective work!

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Old 08-03-2007, 06:12 PM   #12
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Oh, and if you do have to change it…Stainless Steel bolts and antisieze!

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Your Isuzu is a mechanical engine-no computers here. You need to get the valves adjusted at regular intervals. I have mine done every other oil change or at 20,000 miles. It is a simple procedure and does not cost much.
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:25 PM   #14
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Well, it happened: the oil seal blew out and the thing threw oil all over the M/H, the road, and the car behind. Good news is there IS a place in Newfoundland that can rebuild an old out-of-production turbochgarger. Diesel Injection Service in St. Johns rates several gold stars in our collective book!!! They don't overcharge travelers/tourists, either!!
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