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Old 01-17-2013, 01:04 AM
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99 bmw 540i smoking

Hi everyone
I posted about my 99 bimmer 540i/6spds with 120,000mi cold start smoking and goes away in about 20 to 30s. After changing the CCV (PCV) and the VCG it has gone worse huge clouds on every start and once on the road after the light. The smoke looks at first a little blue and sometimes grey on humid rainy weather, but doesn't smell antifreeze smells more like steam , idle gauge is normal most of the time but rarely sometimes it goes up a little higher than the normal at full stop. Did not find any hose and vacuum leak. The CCV was installed without removing the intake manifold and I bought Meyle brand CCV $43. Also I notice the oil leak a little bit from the oil filler cap but doesn't go down far
Could this be a bad installation or a bad CCV or something else by the way the car drives strong and does not hesitate
Does anyone have any opinion or suggestion

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