Not familiar with your engine, but what you are describing is normal. Water
(along with carbon dioxide) is a product of combustion. It leaves the engine
as invisible steam, but until the exhaust system warms up, it condenses
along the way, turning into white mist. For an obvious reason this is much
more noticeable in the winter.
Have you looked for leaks?
I think it's the 5.4 L, and this is not the mist you see on a cold day, it's
white smoke. It drifts across the yard for several feet before it
dissipates. There is no evidence of a leak on the carport floor, I've
crawled under it and can't see anything leaking. The dealership has checked
it for leaks also.
I talked to the dealership today and he told me to bring it in for an oil
loss assemnent, which I will do as soon as possible.
On Tue, 14 Dec 2004 16:42:29 -0600, "bamp"
What you describe is characteristic of worn or failed valve
seals. You should talk to your dealer about this but, I do
not believe the amount of oil consumption is considered
abnormal by Ford even if it is not common. As long as the
oil level is properly maintained, this is not normally a
detrimental problem to the engine. I suggest reporting it
to the dealer to be checked because the report will be on
file in the event of a catastrophic failure within a
reasonable period beyond the warranty period.
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