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Blue smoke on start-up

Postby bmacdonald64 [OP] » Feb 15 2012, 6:19pm

Is anyone else having the issue while upon cold start-up they are getting a blue oil cloud from the exhaust? I have read this is a pretty common issue among the 5.3 litre's but is it supposed to be every time on cold start-ups? Any insisght into this issue woudl be great.
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby ASTE25 » Feb 15 2012, 10:30pm

Mine only has about 34k on it, and I have no problem. How many miles do you have on yours?
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby bmacdonald64 [OP] » Feb 15 2012, 11:10pm

I have 46k on mine.
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby koolz71 » Feb 15 2012, 11:33pm

mine did this the other day when it was cold..but i was under the assumption that blue cloud=gas... black cloud=oil..Im normally in my truck when i start it up so i dont see it very often
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby adams99z71 » Feb 15 2012, 11:47pm

its the other way around black=gas, blue= oil, white=moisture/coolent
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I was close lol
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby ASTE25 » Feb 16 2012, 1:24pm

You are probably having oil leak into the cylinders when it sits for a long time (probably bad valve stem seals). If it only smokes for a short time I would not worry about it too much. The only other thing it might be is bad oil rings. Either way, if it goes away soon after it is started I would not worry about it too much (as long as it is not oil fowling the plugs).
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby bmacdonald64 [OP] » Feb 16 2012, 1:43pm

That's what I figured. Sometimes it's thick and dense and other times it's just s puff. I really wasn't concerned about it since it's not a constant but wanted to see who else is having this issue. From all the info I've read on it, it's a pretty common issue for the 5.3. Some have earlier than others. I have buddy at a dealership that's seen it on brand new Silverado's rolling right off the car hauler.
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby ASTE25 » Feb 16 2012, 2:01pm

I guess I am lucky, it's not doing it. Mine is a 2005 though, I'm not sure if they are having a problem out of the newer ones.
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Re: Blue smoke on start-up

Postby quickdrraw » Feb 16 2012, 2:18pm

Read my mind ASTE, before I even opened the forum I wanted to so oil check the seals. I have an 08 5.3L 55k miles no blue smoke that I've seen.
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