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Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems
Category: Saab
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Experience:  Owner at Carolina Auto Service & Sales , 20 years Experience in Foreign & Domestic vehicles
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Motor vibrates, puts out smoke, smells of fuel when

Customer Question

motor vibrates, puts out white smoke, smells of fuel when starting. then its gone, and the car is fine, for several days.
JA: Has the vehicle turned into a gas hog? And how does it start -- same as usual?
Customer: fuel use is fine., starts normal
JA: What is the model/year of your Saab?
Customer: 93 2006 convertible 2.0
JA: Are you fixing your Convertible yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i'm fixing it myself, the aid of mechanic
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Saab
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
during this problem, I drove the car 110 miles, and it was fine. several days later it started all over again. the problem has been going on foe 2 months
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I think of these things as I sit here. no lose of oil, or water,
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

Hi, I'm Chad. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question and I will be posting your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

1-you could have a problem with the valve stem seals in the head assembly leaking oil and spark plugs,when the y heat up they swell up and close the gap no more oil dripping and will not emit any smoke for a while ?

have you pulled the spark plugs and inspect them for oil on the tips of the plug ?

please let me know

Thank You
Chad Farhat
ASE Certified Technician

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

what is the mileage on it ?

any check engine light on ?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
plugs have been replaced, old ones sow no sign of oil.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

Can you get some fuel trim readings , long term & short term fuel trims at idle ?

also Fuel system status is running closed loop or open loop ?

oxygen sensor reading at idle ?

if you go to tail pipe , have it running when it smokes , get your hand open palm close to tail pipe and leave it there for few secs , do you smell gas or you see small dots of oil specs on your palm of your hand ?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The last two items items you mention I will not be able to do them until next week. Also too check exhaust until it smokes again. Talk to you soon.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

hey larry

ok sounds good

just reply back here when ready & we can continue.

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Chad Farhat
ASE Certified Tedchnician

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I'm checking on two items. Run car until fuel light cums on, then full it up an add dry gas. The car may have bad gas. Fuel filter, will be changed, if this doesn't then the two ideas you told me be done. Thankyou will let you know. Larry
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

I wonderd what happened to you :)

Sounds great let me know

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Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician