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Old 07-31-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Exhaust smoke when starting this morning

Tried a search, could't find a topic on this.

So I parked my '00 986 yesterday, (on a hill), at around 17:00 o'clock and drove it to work this morning at 07:45 o'clock.

I noticed in my right mirror - darkish smoke coming from the exhaust and floating by the front of the car and dissapearing again. The smoke was produced as I turned the engine over, and didn't continue. Only for like a couple of seconds.

I never saw exhaust smoke from my car earlier. The temperature has dropped from around 20C to around 15C but should really impact that much?

Any tips on why it suddenly produced smoke when turning over the enigne? Could it be as trivial as starting on an hill? I know it sounds stupid, on probably is(!), but that is the only different factor than the usual morning startup on a flat surface..

All help is much appreciated.
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This is common. If I start and move my car out of the garage or drive it a short distance, every once in a while I get a little smoke bomb the next start up when the car sits.

When it is happening very often, your air/oil separator is going out.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:46 PM   #3
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Thanks! Is an air/oil separator expensive and is it an easy DIY job?
Edit* found it for $110 on http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/09-ENGINE-Air_Oil_Separator/09-ENGINE-Air_Oil_Separator.htm
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yes it is a DIY. One clamp is difficult to get to but other than that - take out, put in.
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yes it is a DIY. One clamp is difficult to get to but other than that - take out, put in.
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