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Old 12-04-2012, 12:09 AM
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grey fluid crisis

SOOO..
i got a 2001 honda prelude SE

**** load of white smoke coming of the exhaust.. smells like somethings burning
engine light blinking like no tomorrow..
car shakes and rpm goes up and down...

opened the radiator .. no oil is mixed in there...

recently started up the car and found this grey liquid coming out of the exhaust...


anyone have any idea whats wrong?

things that might have happened...

someone put something in my engine instead of oil?
gas tank got abused?
blown gasket is one of the famous reasons...

*already did engine flush and oil change*

need to know what are my options and what am i dealing with

Thanks in advance for all the help!
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Re: grey fluid crisis

hows your oil level? see if it is grey or milky. could be running really really rich, try cleaning out IACV valve or running seafoam through the vacuum lines if the oil looks okay.

grey stuff coming out of the exhaust is usually just fuel, oil, dirt, carbon, and whatever else that you want to clean out of your engine. are there any metal shavings in it?

as long as the engine oil is either clear or black (not whitish, grey, milky, whatever) and you work on cleaning valves (could solve idle issue) you should be able to clear out the problems

edit: if you arent sure what may be in the oil... change it!, also check for any engine codes, you can get a $10 usb tool that goes to the obdII port on the car from a laptop and can scan codes (find on ebay) if you don't have the ability to take it to an auto parts store (which will let you use their scanner in the parking lot) or a mechanic friend who could help you.

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Re: grey fluid crisis

Head gasket, almost positive. Get it tested.
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Re: grey fluid crisis

The engine light flashing is an indicator of a misfire or something that's damaging to the catalytic converter or engine. So, I agree with these guys^ it's probably a head gasket.
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Head gasket.
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Re: grey fluid crisis

thanks for all the replies ! appreciate the words and all the time!

I have been told most likely the piston rings are gone and gasket, so instead of fixing it -

I am sort of deciding to swap my SE engine with type S engine?

what future issues or goodies am i looking at?

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Re: grey fluid crisis

Its defiantly the headgasket, the smoke is the burning coolant, the shakes are from the engine misfiring, and the misfire is from the coolant messing with the a/f ratio. Odds are your engine is probably toast so its a good decision to swap.
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Re: grey fluid crisis

unless you've driven all over the place you can probably fix the motor. i'm thinking head gasket replace, flush the motor and keep going unless it's been severely overheated. figure on new spark plugs too.
my brothers kid blew one in an accord and his mechanic did that. 20k miles later the car got wrecked and he sold the motor for almost as much as the cost to fix the head gasket.

do compression testing for the rings. if you like that motor an option is to rebuild it. you could cam it, go with all the external goodies and know it's good to go vs assuming your used swap wasn't abused. it'll cost more but 0 miles vs ? for me everytime.
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Re: grey fluid crisis

i just bought the car over two months ago, it was running good till the car went over 200 on the highway, from what i have been told the piston and gasket are gone on the car plus the cars burning oil. I am getting a Type S motor with 80000 mileage and its not burning oil--- so I am thinking of replacing it. Intially my question was would switching from TYPE SE motor to TYPE S motor, what additional changes m i looking at other than swappin the engine!

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Re: grey fluid crisis

funny thing is I dont see any oil mixed with coolent in the rad. or coolent mixed in oil in the motor!
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