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Old 11-03-2010, 05:35 PM
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Well,

The old girl is using a qt of oil every 400 or so miles. I suspect a bad head after speaking to several people and mechanics. The local machine shop said it was most likely the head as his experience with the 318 magnum is that the intake and exhaust valves are too close together and under some situations the area between the two iwll crack causing issues.

Any thoughts on this before I buy a new head for $250 and go to work on the beast?
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Couple things to check.

1. Is it smoking when revving? This would indicate either the issue you mentioned or bad rings.

2. Is it smoking only on start-up? This would indicate valve guides leaking.
3. Is the oil milky or are you seeing oil in the radiator? This would indicate a head gasket leak.

Key when using oil is to know where its going in order to fix the problem.
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You my friend have a bad plenum plate gasket. A easy way to check this is too take off your intake and look down into the throttle body. If you see wet at the bottom than you have a bad gasket. the wet is the oil being sucked in.

this is the dodge service bulliten for it.
http://www.dodgeram.info/tsb/2000/09-05-00.htm

The reason that this happens is because the intake plenum is aluminum and the plate on the bottom of the intake is steel. the gasket in between in rips due to the different rates that the two metals expand and contract. Guys normally take a sheet of aluminum and trace out the steel plate on it and cut it out. using the aluminum plate will keep this from happening ever again.

Dodge made a recall on this and doing a pcm reflashed that was a bandaid on a lost lim basically. 99% of the time this is the problem.

this is what it looks like looking threw the throttle body:
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Thanks guys,

I did replace the gasket on the plenum/manifold. And I will recheck
it probably today. No oil in the water, smoke from exhaust
during driving, most times you can't see it much. However
when sitting at traffic lights for a few minutes it does smoke
when I leave the light.

Had mechanic say the injector could be flooding the cylinder
causing it to wash out with oil and gas. Exhaust pipe is dark and
sooty.
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Check the plenum gasket first even though it's been done already .
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The injectors could also be the problem but you are using a LOT of oil in 400 miles. I assume you've checked for external leaks as well.

It's definitely burning the oil of no external leaks are visible.
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Yeah. the dirvewway is dry as a bone in the Arizona desert. Looked into the intake but did not see much. Hard to see into but it looked OK.
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What is ok? there either is oil in there or there isn't.
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Ok,

There does appear to be a small amount of oil coating the inside of the chambers. It does not look anything like when I first replaced the gasket so I dont think that gasket is leaking. How did you get such a good shot? I have trouble lookinginto the opening with a mirror and light.

When I first replaced the gasket there was a large ammount of oil in the chanber so it was easy to tell but right now I gotta say I dont think that the gasket is leaking. It has only been about 1500 miles since I replaced the gasket. Let me saw that there appears to be a coating of oil but it may be due to age and it may also be varnish. I did not clean the inside of the chamber to like new more like clean off the oli and reassemble the thing to get her running.
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well 1500 miles may not be enough to really coat like before yet. IDK man it sucks to say but it might still be leaking. what did you use to get the old gasket it off and did you torque it all down correctly.
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