My 84 500 SEL was smoking under certain conditions. It would be at the same
three places on my way home from work. I think it had to do with the angle
of the car, because it only happened at these three intersections. A hugh
cloud of smoke would come out of the tail pipe. My mechanic put a small ball
bearing in the tube that comes out of the driver side valve cover. It's
never happened since.
You have to be real carefull with using a heavier oil in an older car.
Sometimes the oil is heavy enough that the engine just can't pull all
that extra weight and it burns out! So be carefull with heavier oil,
except in the winter when you need more weight to get through the snow
better if you can start it with the more congealed oil.
mcbrue slippingaroundly under the bridge in the trailer down by the
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