Originally Posted by JPugh
White smoke? That's not oil, its probably water.
When I said white, I guess I should have said blueish/grey white. It's definitely not water. I pressure checked the cooling system myself and the coolant level's the same daily - almost positive it's not a head gasket. My last vehicle was a Land Rover, so unfortunately I have quite a lot of experience with head gaskets.
I did some research and based on the (small) amount of smoke, and timing of it, I believe it to be valve stem seals. Here's one quote I'm referring to from another forum:
"One characteristic of bad valve stem seals/guides, is when you park it hot, then start it after some time and it puffs blue smoke. Oil ran down the valve and ended up in the cylinder. "
That's almost exactly what happened the other day. Now - I did just finish replacing the spark plugs. Two things - first, they had almost NO ELECTRODE left. None. They were flat on the edges, which told me that if they weren't oem, they were damn close. Second, didn't find any oil residue on any of the plugs. I'll post a photo of all of them, maybe someone can identify something I missed.
I ended up going with M1 HM 5w-30. I'm hoping that the seal conditioner will work to my advantage with the slight oil burning. I'm going to start checking the oil weekly to identify how much it's burning if any.
Thanks for all the advice and opinions!