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White smoke at idle with no power loss

So as a result of sporadic white exhaust smoke at idle with no power loss, by process of elimination, im looking to first replacing or rebuilding the turbo, hoping that the white smoke is just a matter of worn out seals. Any suggestions on either replacing or rebuilding options? Been out of the Kappa game a while. Don’t want anything too crazy or aggressive. I’m more concerned with reliability and driveability.

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That white smoke means your car has chosen a new pope, I think.


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Lol, I’m just hoping it’s not a new engine!!

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Check oil and coolant levels to see if

1. They are lower than usual. Check regularly.
2. Check for water in the oil or oil in the water.

These will help narrow down what you're seeing. It will also eliminate some more sinister issues.

Next, do a compression check on each cylinder. If a cylinder is low on pressure, you may have some bad rings which are letting oil get by.

IF compression is good and oil is getting lower, chances are it's your turbo. Currently I'd talk to Martin Scott at RPM about getting a stock turbo if that's the route you want to go. If you want a bit more power you can go with his Big Wheel turbo but then you'll need a tune also.

I think only ZZP and RPM currently offer the stock turbo rebuilt but PAW and DDM might too...


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A leak down test is also a good idea. Then you can hear if its coming thru exhaust or intake (valves) or the dreaded, thru the oil fill (rings).
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Thanks for the direction guys.

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Turbo seals, or bad rings, or the head gasket would be my guess. Compression check should confirm or deny any questions to the white smoke issues.

Loss of oil? Milky or mix of water/oil ? Any signs on the turbo itself? Loss of power?

Turbo first, then maybe the head gasket... with the rings last. IF an engine tear down happens you could upgrade the internals at this point if there is money in your budget?

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When i had white smoke it was the injectors.
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