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Old 05/02/2006, 03:39 PM   #2
Mosesatm
 
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If it blows smoke when it's under a hard load or turning high rpms the odds are pretty good the problem is rings....but not always. A quick compression test will give you a wealth of knowledge about what might or might not be going on in there. Is there an oily residue at the end of the tailpipe? If so, then the oil is probably being burned in the combustion process and going out the pipe.

I would say a quart every 500 miles is not cause for alarm if it's the engine has over 100,000 miles on it.
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