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    Default White smoke on cold startup

    This past week or so, I've noticed my 2.2dti is a bit hard to start and theres a big cloud of white smoke on cold start. It's literally just the first start of the day, after that the cars fine. It can sit at work for 8 hours and start without issue ready for the homeward journey...

    I was worried that it may be the turbo but it still pulls like a train so I'm not sure?..

    Could it be that it just doesn't like mornings? lol

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    What time do you typically switch the engine off?
    What time do you typically start the engine?

    It could be condensation building up internally overnight
    More common when it has been warm and raining in the evening and then cold overnight
    The water vapour has then condensed on the cold metal, with the first comubustion it then combines with the oil, giving the white colour

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    Usually off at 5:45pm and back on at 8.20am but it has been as late as 11am. It's definitely smoke as it hangs in the air.

    I'll keep a closer eye on if it happens at all at any other time

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    You are leaving the car for at least 12 hours, overnight between the warmest part of the day and the coldest part of the morning, so I suspect the internal condensation

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    If you have a high mileage car and are running on 5w30 fully sen oil the oil could be running be the stem seals and with it been hard to start mixing with access fuel

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    Absolutely no smoke this morning?...

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