I would really appreciate some help with this problem as we're stumped! We
have a 2000 Taurus with a standard 3L engine. For the past couple of weeks
there has been smoke coming up from under the hood (on the passenger's side)
after making a hard left turn. There appears to be some oil residue on the
lower left side of the engine and under the frame towards the front of the
car. We are not losing oil and there is none leaking onto the ground. The
smoking ONLY occurs with the hard lefts, nothing else. We thought it could be
a valve cover gasket, but the areas around the valve covers are clean and dry.
Does anybody have an idea? This is driving us nuts!!!!
I second. Those power steering hoses are notorious for leaks at the
crimp fittings. the pressure goes way up on a hard turn and a drip
lands on the exhaust. One drip creates a lot of smoke and the hot pipe
keeps it from hitting the ground. It won't be long though before the
hose will be puking fluid all over the ground. Reach down there under
the hose with a dry finger and it will come up with a drop of oil on it
Was thinking along the same lines, hard turn, pressure spike,
exhaust... oh the joy. My old 1990 Escort GT burst the high pressure
line after sitting for a few months, shit the bed basically. New line
going in soon when I feel like getting dirty again.
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