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justinsbg, Acura Mechanic
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I have a 97 acura cl 3.0 and it's got 180000 miles on it.

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I have a 97 acura cl 3.0 and it's got 180000 miles on it. Recently I've seen after driving about 10 minutes there's smoke coming from under the hood and a bit of a burning smell. But it still drives fine.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Acura
Expert:  justinsbg replied 1 year ago.

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I work on only Honda/Acura vehicles 5 days a week so I know the brand well. There are several places the smoke can be coming from. If it smells sort of sweet this would indicate anti-freeze is burning off and steaming. There are multiple places that anti-freeze can be coming from. The more common leaking place would be the top tank of the radiator. It usually develops a crack and starts to leak out and then burn off causing steam. If it is an oil leak I would first look at the valve cover gaskets. usually the valve cover gaskets start leaking oil and then the oil leaks onto the exhaust manifold causing it to burn off and creates smoke. There are many other places this smoke or steam can be coming from. I've given you two of the most common places and depending on whether it is steam from anti-freeze or smoke from oil will determine which places we need to look. Check out those two spots and if you see an issue, it will need to be repaired. I can give advice about that as well.

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Expert:  justinsbg replied 1 year ago.

Here is a picture of the valve cover. There are two (front and back), one for each bank of cylinders

Expert:  justinsbg replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  justinsbg replied 1 year ago.

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