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Smelling Burning Oil on my 911

I had a bad oil leak on my 1975 911s. Oil got all over the SSI headers. I fixed the oil leak and have driven it about 1000 miles since. When I drive the car white smoke and a burning oil smell comes in the cab through the heater system. I can also smell the oil burn on the left sid of the engine when I get out. I am getting absolutely no oil on the ground after I park the car. Do I have a crack on the header inside the heater box or is their oil inside the heater box? The smell is driving me nuts.
Old 08-20-2004, 07:33 PM
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I've had oil in the heat exchanger do that to me, as well. As far as I know, your choices are to remove the heat exchangers, & try to wash them out, or to let it burn. I let it burn. I also crawled under the car and used a screwdriver to ensure the heater control boxes were fully open, venting to the outside. If that doesn't work, you could simply remove the tubes between body & control box until the oil is finally fully 'cooked'.
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I used repeated applications of Simple Green and hot water to get the oil off. It worked, but took several applications.
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