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Old 12-21-07, 04:56 PM
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A so called mechanic sprayed some ether into my high milage F150 engine to aid in starting. It has a straight 6 engine with almost 300,000 well maintained miles and did not burn oil. Now, it is smoking blue smoke at idle. What damage could have been done to the engine due to this idiot?
 
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A little bit of ether/starting fluid shouldn't cause any harm! It may just be a coincidence.
 
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Why is it that starting fluid was needed in the first place? Must have had SOMEthing wrong, already. The answer to this might lead to why you now see blue smoke.

And when do you see the blue smoke? And is it blue-blue?, or more of a white-blue? Sometimes high mileage vehicles can start to blue smoke at idle and then when you start driving the vehicle, the smoking stops. (I currently have an old beater work van that does this) And on another vehicle (250,000 miles) I sometimes get the whitish-blue smoke, just in the beginning, and believe it is more due to coolant being drawn into the engine.

Go easy on the mechanic as he most likely used a standard product made for this very thing. And he cannot help, let's say, if your car is teetering on about ready to cash it in. I got into a war years ago with a mechanic over something similar and later rethought it over after cooling down. And the mechanic was right in the fact that he could not help something else started to happen to the old car just because he touched something else. This would be like telling a doctor he killed your 97 year old grandma by performing some normal procedure on her, and she died because her frail body could not handle it.
 
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Originally Posted by ecman51`
Why is it that starting fluid was needed in the first place? Must have had SOMEthing wrong, already. The answer to this might lead to why you now see blue smoke.

And when do you see the blue smoke? And is it blue-blue?, or more of a white-blue? Sometimes high mileage vehicles can start to blue smoke at idle and then when you start driving the vehicle, the smoking stops. (I currently have an old beater work van that does this) And on another vehicle (250,000 miles) I sometimes get the whitish-blue smoke, just in the beginning, and believe it is more due to coolant being drawn into the engine.

Go easy on the mechanic as he most likely used a standard product made for this very thing. And he cannot help, let's say, if your car is teetering on about ready to cash it in. I got into a war years ago with a mechanic over something similar and later rethought it over after cooling down. And the mechanic was right in the fact that he could not help something else started to happen to the old car just because he touched something else. This would be like telling a doctor he killed your 97 year old grandma by performing some normal procedure on her, and she died because her frail body could not handle it.

It'a nice to see someone out there understands
 
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Idle smoking is usually intake valve seals. There's nothing there that would affected by starting fluid. Today's starting fluid is a little tamer version of the old ether used solely in diesels.

You've taken very good care of that engine to get the mileage up to where it is, but a little oil burning would be normal.
 
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Originally Posted by MWatkins
A so called mechanic sprayed some ether into my high milage F150 engine to aid in starting. It has a straight 6 engine with almost 300,000 well maintained miles and did not burn oil. Now, it is smoking blue smoke at idle. What damage could have been done to the engine due to this idiot?
i don't think that caused it. its called starting fluid for a reason maybe the smoke at idle is just a fluke at 300,000 miles i would suspect that the seals are starting to wear out.no matter how well its maintained nothing can prevent old age ware and tear
 
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I was glad to hear your engine was still running after 300k with a little smoke at idle. That means my well maintained 18 year old one is only half way to a little smoke with 154 k.
 
 

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