Blue smoke

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Help! -

I was driv­ing my Ford Ka Mk2 and the revs started drop­ping, with blue smoke com­ing from the rear of car. The fol­low­ing day, I started it up and blue smoke was still com­ing out. I took it to a garage and they said it was be­cause it was over­filled by five litres of oil. Is this right be­cause I can’t be­lieve it! Jayne New­bury With­out check­ing your oil level, it is dif­fi­cult for me to say if it was over­filled or not, but I can con­firm that over­fill­ing the en­gine with oil will give the symp­toms you have. If you have been top­ping-up the oil and the level has not been drop­ping, this may get you to this sit­u­a­tion. If this is the case, drain­ing down to the cor­rect level should rec­tify the prob­lem. It may still take a few miles af­ter drain­ing down the oil be­fore the blue smoke sub­sides com­pletely, but hope­fully no long-term dam­age will have oc­curred.

If the oil has not been topped-up or over­filled, then it will need in­ves­ti­gat­ing to dis­cover why the oil level has risen. If your Ka is a petrol model, the oil level ris­ing of its own ac­cord would be very un­likely. If your Ka is a diesel, then a fuel prob­lem may be the is­sue, al­low­ing diesel to leak into the sump and raise the oil level.

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