The Reasons and Solutions for Smoke from Oil Cap

Do you see the engine fume when open the oil filler cap? Smoke from oil cap is not good news for your car and its engine. What does it mean exactly? Well, it depends on the amount of smoke. A small amount is nothing serious but too much smoke is highly concerning.

How to Test the Smoke from Oil Cap?

You can easily find out whether the smoke coming from oil cap is a fatal sign or not. Start the engine and let the car to idle for some time. Loosen the oil cap slowly and then remove it completely. If there is only a small amount of fume blowing out of the motor, you have nothing to worry about.

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You have to remove the oil cap for examining.

However, lots of fumes coming out with pressure is not a good sign. You should immediately take the vehicle to a servicing shop if the vapor seems to contain contaminated fume too.

Remember not to open the cap when the engine is hot. Also, close the tank with the cap when you are done. Clean up if there is any oil residue.

The Reasons for Engine Emitting Smoke from Oil Cap

There could be two possible reasons for smoke coming from oil cap:

  • Hot fuel bypasses worn valve stem seals and rings
  • When the fuel bypasses worn rings and valve stem seals

The smooth operation of the engine components relies on the specific amount of tolerances between them. The oil has to flow to all the parts to keep them moving without friction. Proper oil flow does not let the machinery to lock or seize.

Over time, the components start showing signs of wear and the seals become thin. As a result, some of the games between these machines become too much wider for the oil to leak someplace where it should not be such as the combustion chamber. When the fuel drips through the piston rings and valves and gets into the combustion chamber, it turns into smoke with each firing shot of the fuel-air mix. The speedier you drive the car, the more will be the amount of oil leaking and smoke production.

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How to Solve the Problem of Smoke from Oil Cap?

You have to check the condition of the stem valves and piston rings and change them if one or both of them are damaged or worn out. The best solution is to change both parts because the older parts won’t be able to keep up with the pressure created by the newly replaced component.

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You have to change all the related parts.

For example, changing only the stem valves will keep the pressure contained where it should be. However, the old rings won’t be able to show the same strength and let the extra pressure to bypass through. The opposite will happen when you change the rings but keep the old valves.

These temporary fixes will only drain out the money. If your car releases a huge amount of smoke with contaminated fume from the oil gap, change all the related components. You can also go for a used engine that still has many miles left on it.

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