Every now and then, smoke is emited from my exhaust, sometimes it is moisture, sometimes not...anyways, my CEL is on and the codes pulled were pertaining to exhaust type malfunctions, not exactly sure if it was a sensor or something. A mechanic also told me before the CEL was on that my muffler was clogged. Would this have anything to do with the CEL being on or is it a bad sensor and i'm running rich maybe? Plz help.
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that is a possiblility, and i have thought of that, but my exhaust smells too rich to be oil, just either too much gas or the carbon in the muffler burning i guess is what i'm thinking, you others might want to check to see if you are burning oil as well.
well actually what does it smell like when its burning oil? diff or same as rich?
Recently my son and I purchased a 94 318i from Jessel on Boundary here in Vancouver. A friend of mine is a master mechanic at Jessel's so we stopped in to talk to him about the car. The car had 82,000 Kilometres on the meter (about 50,000 miles). He told us the E36's are famous for burning oil; which for the E36 is considered "normal."
In a conversation with a service rep at Park Shore BMW in North Vancouver yesterday (the service rep is a big fan of the 318i and owns one), he explained that the piston height in a BMW is not as long as most pistons in cars. Because of the "shallower" piston, he said it is more likely that oil will makes its way around the piston into the combustion chamber, hence the higher oil burning rate. He too said the E36 is more likely to burn oil at a higher rate than many cars, but not to worry - situation normal.
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