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Old 10-22-2009, 12:43 AM
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hello, i just purchased a 1980 dodge ram van for real cheap. it smokes (kind of black and smells very gas rich) when first started and it stops smoking once the engine warms up. i just added some oil no smoke additive and let it run for a bit and then let it cool down. started it back up and it still smokes. I put my hand to feel the exhaust and it doesn't feel like it is firing exactly even. every 3-4 seconds it puffs out a little stronger and sometimes feels like it is missing a puff. maybe the uneven firing and smoke are different issues just thought they might be related. I am more concerned with the smoke issue right now. again, it only smokes until the engine is warm.

- could a nonfiring spark plug be causing the smoke before it warms up?
- maybe wait longer for the oil no smoke additive to take affect?
- carb adjustment?
- something else?

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also maybe should mention it spits some junk out right when it starts but only right when it starts. awesome van huh? maybe too much that could be going wrong with too little info for a forum. any thoughts in the right direction would be appreciated.
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Possible clogged air filter , poor tune up , carb dumping raw fuel , etc... I would start with a good healthy tune up and see if it makes a difference . Could need carb work . Be careful where you go . Alot of people have no idea what to do or how to rebuild a carb if it's needed . You''ll need to find a old school quality mechanic who knows how to and done carb rebuilds in the past . New mechanics now adays have no idea what a carb is . Let us know how you make out . Tom
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well the black smoke is gone now after adding the no smoke oil treatment. there is still a good amount of white smoke that goes away once the engine warms up. there is way more white smoke than is normal when the engine is cold. is it possible to have a coolant gasket leak that goes away once the engine warms up?

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from my experience white smoke=blown head gasket but idk cause i thought that it should be smoking all of the time. i would try to take it to a trusted mechanic and see what they have to say.
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ok thanks for the help. i guess a little extra white smoke at first isn't too bad. it is from 1980. thanks again for the replys
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Another quick and dirty check for the head is to take the radiator cap off, start the engine, and rev it hard a couple of times. Bubbles coming up the coolant=exhaust gas. Gold standard would be compression check or leak down test. The leak down will tell you where the cylinder is leaking, not just that there is a leak.
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