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Old 08-11-2011, 02:46 PM
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, if not my bad. Well I have an H22A1 swapped in my EK Civic, and lately its been shooting out a cloud of smoke when ever it hits around 5K rpm, or a little bit. So I decided to try to troubleshoot the problem and do a compression check and this was the results; 1) 180, 2)160, 3)180, 4)180psi. And then I put a teaspoon of oil into Cylinder #2 to check if it was a worn ring and this was the results for the second test; 1)180, 2)190, 3)185, 4)190psi. To me this numbers seem pretty low compared to other test results on H22s, and also there's no overflow tank and no coolant in the radiator so any ideals on what it could be? I know white usually means coolant, but there is no overflow tank& no coolant in the radiator so I don't know? I just recently bought this Civic. And it's untuned if that helps?


And also when I pulled the sparkplugs they were all black on the tips, and the plugs were bought a week ago. The engine was warmed up. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

Dude your head gasket is about to go if u are blowing out white smoke. Im sure it around the number 2 cylinder cause of the numbers u have.. Im positive its your head gasket though...
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Dude your head gasket is about to go if u are blowing out white smoke. Im sure its around the number 2 cylinder cause of the numbers u have.. Im positive its your head gasket though...
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, if not my bad. Well I have an H22A1 swapped in my EK Civic, and lately its been shooting out a cloud of smoke when ever it hits around 5K rpm, or a little bit. So I decided to try to troubleshoot the problem and do a compression check and this was the results; 1) 180, 2)160, 3)180, 4)180psi. And then I put a teaspoon of oil into Cylinder #2 to check if it was a worn ring and this was the results for the second test; 1)180, 2)190, 3)185, 4)190psi. To me this numbers seem pretty low compared to other test results on H22s, and also there's no overflow tank and no coolant in the radiator so any ideals on what it could be? I know white usually means coolant, but there is no overflow tank& no coolant in the radiator so I don't know? I just recently bought this Civic. And it's untuned if that helps?


And also when I pulled the sparkplugs they were all black on the tips, and the plugs were bought a week ago. The engine was warmed up. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
the white smoke means you are burning coolent. So as the person above stated the Head gasket may be on its way out. Did you take the intake manifold off when doing the swap. If the manifold isn't on there tight it will leak coolent in to the combustion chamber.
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

I'll be sure to check the manifold, and yeah I figured it was the head gasket. The spark plugs where all black & dry when I pulled them out, guessing I'm running too rich?
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

How are you seeing this smoke, in the mirror? If it's oil smoke, then in the rear view mirror it will appear white depending on what the light conditions are like. Mine used to smoke in VTEC, and it has 210k miles on it (Haven't run a compression test, don't wanna know the results, LMFAO). Ever since I put my intake on (to complete the I/H/E basics), it stopped though.

That's neither here nor there at the moment though.

What you need to do is get yourself an overflow bottle, fill the radiator up, and see if your system holds coolant. Have someone rev the engine a little while you stand behind the car and check for smoke/steam. It could possibly be the intake manifold, or maybe your headgasket (especially if the engine has been torn apart before). As for where your coolant is going, there's a multitude of places it could be going. My H22 Accord had a crack in the FITV rubber hose, and a small crack in the radiator.
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

Yes through the rear view mirror when ever it crosses over into Vtec the smoke appears, well Vtec Isn't it's the filter, it needs to be cleaned. But if it's just smoke from oil could it just I'm running rich? Since the ecu is not tuned?
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

I'm confused about the smoke too. I know white means coolant, but I just replaced my head gasket and mine smokes. Not trying to jack, just figured we may be looking at the same issue here?
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

white milky smoke = head gasket or something cracked leaking coolant into cylinders
blue = oil ..
blue smoke in vtec can be a couple reasons..
piston rings are shot , valve seals or valve seats ,
blue smoke all the time in vtec and low rpms is that
your rings are definately shot
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Yes through the rear view mirror when ever it crosses over into Vtec the smoke appears, well Vtec Isn't it's the filter, it needs to be cleaned. But if it's just smoke from oil could it just I'm running rich? Since the ecu is not tuned?
Wait, what's this about the filter needs to be cleaned? Is VTEC working, or is the screen clogged?
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Re: White Smoke, H22A1 Compression Test

I checked the solenoid and it clicks, so I'm guessing it's screen is clogged? But could the smoke just be I'm running too rich? Because my spark plugs are black& dry and if you look at my bumper is has that black dust on it. So I'll change out the head gasket before any major damage happens.
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Don't fix what isn't broken. Black soot is a symptom of running rich. When you hit the VTEC crossover point, does the powerband change like it's supposed to? If the screen is clogged, it will dump fuel for VTEC, but not engage the cam lobes to bring in the air needed to burn that fuel.
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