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    Default white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    I do own a ford focus zetec 2000 and I wanted to know how can I go about to fix this problem. I recently noticed a smoke coming from my engine, I opened the hood and I found out it was coming from my valve cover...it was all greasy and oily! I want to know how can I fix this? whats the specific part that I have to replace from this problem? Is it the valve gasket or the valve cover? Can someone guide me how to tackle this? And since my engine seems oily and grease because of that....how can I safely clean the oil spill from my engine? please help me! thanks a great lot

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    It's possibly the valve cover gasket. They are tricky on the zetec, because of the shape, and seem to leak if not fastened down right.

    You'd need to remove replace it really to make sure it's good. Not too expensive.

    Clean up the oil from the spark plug wells with kitchen roll. If there is water in the wells as well, don't panic! It's probably condensation.

    Once oil is cleaned up, you might want to change the spark plugs as well if they have not been done in a while. Don't buy any special ones - these engines don't need it.

    Once you're done, replace the valve cover gasket in the valve cover, and reinstall, tightening from the center out to the ends.

    I'd advise you to get a manual...Chiltons or Haynes...saves a lot of headaches.

    Let us know how it goes.
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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    you need a valve cover gasket. clean the mating surface very well and put a small dab of RTV in the corners of the half moons.
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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    Thanks for all the help! I will get the valve gasket tomorrow and will work on it too. SO you are saying that I have to change the spark plugs too? I havent changed them in a long time, so It would be a good Idea to do that. I will post how did it go.soon!

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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    You don't HAVE to replace the plugs...but while you're there, why not? Cheap enough.
    goldse - I was about to say.... that looks like a big crack !
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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    can anybody send me the link of the right part I need to buy? It would be really helpful! also some good spark plugs that you guys can recommend me....

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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    just go to the autoparts store they should be able to tell you the part and have it.

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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    you need a head gasket because coolant is getting into your cylinders causing the white smoke

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    oh im really sorry i miss read the story yea its the valve cover gasket sorry about that

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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00focusdude View Post
    just go to the autoparts store they should be able to tell you the part and have it.
    Go to Ford and get the Motorcraft gasket. The Felpro and other auto parts store gaskets will leak just like a bad stock one.
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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    thanks for all your help everybody! I finally got to fix the gasket and also changed the spark plugs! I do have another problem with the revolutions of the car....when I am driving and hit the gas, the car seems to jump rpms for some odd reasons....do you have any idea what could be the problem?

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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    Is this an auto or manual trans?
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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    auto

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    Default Re: white smoke coming from my engine!?!?!?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by waddles09 View Post
    you need a head gasket because coolant is getting into your cylinders causing the white smoke
    Unlikely.

    Quote Originally Posted by hEaT View Post
    Go to Ford and get the Motorcraft gasket. The Felpro and other auto parts store gaskets will leak just like a bad stock one.
    I've had no problems with the Felpro VC gaskets? Granted, I have a Contour VC, rather than a Focus one.

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