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Old 03-05-2008, 07:29 PM   #1
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Help! Oil smell, smoke, and sputtering!

Over the past couple days I have noticed that my car sputters and shakes a little whenever I try and get on the throttle. There is not a huge power loss, but it does seem to get worse by the day... Anyway, today on my way home I noticed a little bit of smoke coming from the engine and a rough idle. The idle is not rough all the time, more like every 15-20 secs. Also when I inspected the engine, I noticed that there was old oil around the top of the engine (in the black plastic squares) which is strange bc I always try and keep my engine clean...I'm pretty sure that I know what's coming, but does anyone have an idea of what it might be?

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Old 03-05-2008, 09:09 PM   #2
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if its comming from the engine, sounds like you need a new one.

if its comming from the back its your cat.

check your cat.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:23 PM   #3
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I don't have a Cat. I'm running Catless at the moment. When I check the oil there is a "white milky substance" which Mazda addressed for me last time with the dip stick fix, but since that has been fixed... I'm assuming this is bad news. Drove great this morning...Just a few stutters at mid RPM. No smoke, but still getting the smell...It seems like it only smokes when I run it really hard. It's definitely coming somewhere from the top of the engine, but I can see the source...Ideas?

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Old 03-06-2008, 03:26 PM   #4
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oil being sucked in through the intake? leak of death? bad coil/spark? no idea XD...
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:03 PM   #5
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not trying to thread jack, but i have a very similar problem.. i experienced some engine sputtering at ~2000rpms a few days ago, then started to get flashing CEL... went to downshfit the car, but when i pressed down on the clutch, the engine died. wouldnt start for a while.. thought flooded engine... used the techniques here on this site (luckily i had a laptop handy) removed the fuel relay in the fuse box, cranked the car, then replaced the fuse and it started up with an EXTREMELY rough idle... i limped the car home... the car has no get up at all, esp. when its stopped (i.e. red light/stop sign) sounds awful, engine vibrations, steady CEL at idle, flashing CEL when driving.. no codes yet, as i dont have any software or way to get the car to dealership for a few days. ther are no oil leak anywhere... well, that i can see, cat or top of engine look okay.. so i, myslef am quite baffled by this... any suggestions that i can take to the dealership, other than bring my checkbook.
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