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so i took off my intake mani to change out my cam pos sensor everything was going good went out got a new gasket screwed everything back together went to start it up. BAM! leaking coolant and my engine started to smoke so i shut it off tightened up the bolts (this is prolly a bad idea) went to start it again no more leak but still tons of white smoke out of my exhaust!!

What do i do??

i checked my oil and it looks fine

i took off the mani again and waiting for help from anyone on here im clueless and i need my car back up and running

its a 96 1.9l if that helps i know somethings about these cars but obviously not enuf if this is happening

is it possible that the gasket wasnt put on correctly or am i totally F**KED
 

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Sounds like the intake gasket allowed coolant to leak into the intake. Thus the reason you are getting the smoke. Did you use a high temperature silicon gasket sealant when you installed your new gasket? If not I highly recommend doing so when you put another one on. I did when I replaced mine and have had no problems what so ever.
 

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ok im going to have to try that tomorrow morning any other suggestions and did i screw myself by starting it and letting it run a lil no more than a min tho
 

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ok im going to have to try that tomorrow morning any other suggestions and did i screw myself by starting it and letting it run a lil no more than a min tho
You COULDN'T hurt anything by letting it run for a minute or so even with NO coolant in the thing. You're fine. Next to the cam position sensor is a collant passage in the head that is sealed off by the new gasket. As long as you had your surfaces clean and no OLD gasket was left on either the head OR the intake, everything should be fine. I RARELY use silicone when putting things back together (old racer = NO silicone) and I don't have leak problems. The white smoke that you are seeing is the coolant that got sucked back into the #4 intake runner/head and as long as everything is clean and tight, no harm no foul.

Run the engine for a few minutes and things should clear themselves up. IF THEY DONT... you'll be pulling the intake off again to ensure that everything is clean and in the right spot. As far as I remember...you can't get the gasket on up side down or backwards, so you should be fine.
 
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