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post #1 of 22 Old 03-06-2014, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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[Help] white smoke and burning smell, Valve cover gasket? + other advice

Hi guys,
I just recently purchased my 03 jeep liberty with 97k miles on it. LOVE IT now i never owned a vehicle (or jeep) with that many miles, my first car was a lease and my other cars were purchased with less than 20k miles on it, so im a little scared owning a car with this many miles.

Problem: there is a burning smell in the cabin and there was a light white smoke coming from the engine compartment. when i opened the hood i saw smoke from the passenger side behind the engine, i believe what looked like the CAT converter. also, there was smoke escaping from the front passenger headlight. could this be 2 problems, 1 being the gaskets and the other the radiator?

the Jeep does not run hot, never passes the halfway mark on the gauge.

if someone could confirm this is a problem is related to the valve cover gasket.

also, if the radiator is also going can i replace it with the Spectra CU2481 Radiator?

as for the Gasket, can i use FELPRO VS 50594 R Engine Valve Cover Gasket Set?

while i was at it, i was thinking of doing the Serpentine Belt and was looking at using the Goodyer Gatorback 4060875

Now for some other info.
i do not drive much, when i leased my civic i drove less than 24k miles in 3 years.

other maintenance:
i purchased Autolite copper plugs (still needing install)
Purchased Mobil1 10w30 Highmile full synthetic oil with new air filter and Mobile1 High performance oil filter.

Is it a smart idea using the synthetic oil? also, should i do the oil change before or after i do the Valve cover gasket?

I attached 2 pictures that show where the smoke was coming from (circled in yellow)

Thanks for all of your help.






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post #2 of 22 Old 03-06-2014, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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now that i think about, when i turned the engine off i might have heard some droplet sounds, so im strongly thinking that there is a gasket leak and its falling on the exhaust manifold.

once someone confirms it i will go ahead and purchase one and DIY it,

so will the FELPRO VS 50594 R Engine Valve Cover Gasket Set work or, should i look at another one?

almost forgot, i ordered a PVC valve, is there anything else i should look at.

please do keep in mind this is on a budget since i just quit my job not too long ago (college student)

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Are there any leaks in the coolant resivoir? It's a possibility that you could be leaking coolant on to some hot spots. (Hence the smoke) check if you're burning coolant as well.
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^Thaks kj2life, I will look for coolant leaks as well

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No problem, keep us posted on progress!
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alright,
So, i popped the hood and the first thing i did was change thsoe dead hood shocks. now i took your advice and checked out the coolant and guess what ITS GREEN! so, the previous owner was using the wrong coolant, awesome!
then i checked the oild and it looks dirty and low, so its time to change that .

what im doing today: changing the oil and spark plugs
tomorrrow (or if i have time today) draining the coolant and replacing it with Zerex GO5.... should i run any flush cleaner through it? something like the Zerax super flush?

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Definitely flush the system! There is no telling what it may cause in the future.
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when i placed my order with advance auto parts i also picked up the valve cover gasket, it came out to 35 dollars so it was a good buy.

this jeep is turning me into a little mechanic.

could someone else also chime in on my situation? it was too cold here today (new york) to do any work, but tomorrow is suppose to be nice.

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hay guys,
So after taking some things apart i found these 2 pieces to be cracked. can someone id them and give me the name and part number?


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ok, so the smoke appears to be gone. i will report back on that after i go for a drive.

what i did:
changed the oil, that ***** looked black as night, i replaced it with some Mobile 1 synthetic high miles
Changed the spark plugs with some autolite copper.
while i had the air box out, i decided to take it all off and clean out the throttle body, that thing had its fair share amount of dirt on it.
put in a new air filter.

now, if someone can please id those 2 parts for me so i can replace them. thanks!

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I doubt there is a part number for the hoses. If I were you I would drive it to the local autoparts store and see what kind of hosing they have to replace those.
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hay guys,
So after taking some things apart i found these 2 pieces to be cracked. can someone id them and give me the name and part number?

I had to replace mine after I broke it while replacing my valve cover gaskets, part number is 53013723AC, I found it at http://www.factorychryslerparts.com/...3013723AC.html
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hay Gizmalien,
Thanks for that! is that part # also, does that hose come with the silicone piece that connects the hose to the intake box? i really just need the siicone part but changing the whole pipe should not hurt

Thanks again. also, any idea on what the other silicone piece is that connects to the t-connector?

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It's the entire assembly, from engine to air box, with the connectors.
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I doubt there is a part number for the hoses. If I were you I would drive it to the local autoparts store and see what kind of hosing they have to replace those.
completely missed your comment. will stop by Advance auto or NAPA

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