How to Make a Motor Stop Blowing Smoke

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Depending on the extent of engine damage, a smoking motor may not be able to be stopped. Try a heavier weight oil to stop an engine from smoking excessively with tips from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance.

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Good afternoon, my name's Tom Brintzenhofe, certified Master Mechanic from Redding, Pennsylvania, and today we're going to talk a little bit about how to get your engine to stop blowing smoke. Now unfortunately, once you get to this point, it's real hard to come back. There are some products out there they make, Restorer makes a Stop Smoke. There's tons of 'em out there. Depending on the extent of the damage that's done inside your engine, it's real hard to get 'em to stop. You can try using a little bit heavier weight oil when you change it. The other options you have is using some of the products that are out there - the Stop Smokes, the Engine Restorers - stuff like that. But unfortunately, once you get to that point where you're starting to blow oil into the cylinders, ya have bad valve seals, bad worn rings, piston rings, it's real difficult to get it to stop blowing smoke. But, after you've tried the engine additives and the vinyl lube and have your weight oil in it, if that doesn't help you at all, unfortunately the engine will probably have to be removed and rebuilt. But, try taking them two steps first before you get to that point. And that's about all I could tell ya in how to get your engine to stop blowing smoke.

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