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Old March 12th, 2015, 10:56   #1
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Default big smoke puff and "awful" non-diesel smell on startup

Hey all. More fun with Wifey's blue 2000 beetle. She just took off from the studio and reported a "huge" puff of "possibly brownish" smoke and a really bad smell on starting up. Also said it might have been kind of "hopping" a little at the stoplight when she was coming in.

The only existing issue I know about right now is a little radiator leak.

Anybody have any insight on the weird smelly startup?
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Old March 12th, 2015, 11:55   #2
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no offense , but lately we get a lot of those posts

members here have no telepathic abilities
check with wife and look at the car , first

anything else is just specualtion
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Old March 12th, 2015, 20:19   #3
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As Dimitri16V said would need more info, black smoke would be running rich (not enough air), if your smoke is more brown / white like unburnt raw fuel, like it's injected at the wrong time. Check the intake for carbon restriction as well, since that is a common issue.
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Old March 13th, 2015, 02:48   #4
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its car smoke signals letting all the other cars on the road know your wife is on the road and to get out of the way, brownish is a indication the wife is in a foul mood and that hubby is going to catch hell soon when wife gets home with sore feet from walking and having to show boobs to tow truck driver to get a reasonably priced tow home, on a serious note I would think it was blowing out coolant on a start up
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Depending on how many miles on the car, how long it has been sitting since last running, the color and smell of the smoke, and how quickly the smoke clears up, the problem could be anything from timing problems, oozing coolant past a barely failed head gasket, to oil oozing past valve stem seals while sitting.

As the ALH cars age, and miles pile up, they are exhibiting age related problems such as wire harness failures at door and trunk/hatch bending points and engines that are showing signs of age like smoky startups.

Like Dimitri says, direct observation and as much information as possible will be very helpful in determining the proper resolution.


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