Worn valve stem seals - can I reduce the smoke?

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Post by Barnsley BXer » Sun Oct 08, 2006 9:52 pm

Next week,Air filter,1,Good hammering2.We'll see what happens after that :D :D :D
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Post by DLM » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:36 pm

Worn valve stem seals are easy to diagnose - engine braking in a lower gear (preferably on a steep downward slope ) will produce clouds of blue smoke when you step on the accelerator afterwards. Head-on replacement ois possible, but I paid someone to do it the last time I had this problem, so can't advise on precise methods. My considered opinion is that an italian service will do nothing to resolve the problem if it is valve-stem seals.
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