OK, just before I finally buy a new engine or get mine fully reconditioned..
does anybody have a clue as to what these symptoms might indicate?
It's a fuel injected (Bosch Jetronic) 1905cc Peugeot XU block, by the way.
I'll give you the full list of symptoms since I first noticed the problem.
First off... last year sometime. I got stuck in traffic for a long time with
the engine idling and I had blue smoke out the back for about ten miles
afterwards - so it was burning oil. Figured it was making it's way down the
valve stems or something. This only seemed a problem when left at idle for a
Second, it starts consuming oil at increasing rates. I don't notice any blue
smoke though except when left idling as before. Begins to look like it may
be leaking a bit of oil out of the engine somewhere, but I'll be damned if I
can see where.
By the start of this year, it's still using up oil and now I'm hearing a
ticking noise when I start the car up, coming from the top end on the
opposite side to the distributor. It's not too loud and goes away after a
couple of minutes driving.
Next, I think I started smelling petrol pretty badly whenever I stop
anywhere. It seems to be coming out with the exhaust gases, but it's never
backfired (so maybe not?).
Over the past couple of months, the ticking noise has worsened. I also had a
rather bad fright when I managed to pour 2.5 litres of oil into it about a
month ago before it was up at the maximum (quite a sudden drop, although I
didn't note the miles - possibly around 1000). Next, I drove it maybe 50-60
miles and the ticking noise got quieter, but didn't actually go away all
through the journey.
Now, it's ticking very loudly. Sounds just like a bad old banger should.
It's been three or four weeks ago since I last put oil in it, but the oil
level hadn't gone down from the maximum - so it's stopped consuming oil??!?
Sounds like maybe the oil isn't getting to the head? What's likely to
happen? Loud explosions?!? Should I get it fixed now or would it be more fun
to let it go pop? ;)
And yes, I understand that all this probably means 'shagged engine', but
it'd be cool if I actually knew what was causing all this before I get it
reconditioned.. might be better off scrapping it and looking for another
engine if this is *really*
serious. If it's likely to just be a problem with
the head, I might go down the cheaper route of just replacing/repairing the
Final note, I can still actually put my foot flat down and it seems as
responsive as it ever has been.