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This can billow from the engine bay and come up through the gearstick hole. It may only be oil leaking on to part of the exhaust, but you still need to find source.

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    Dealing with engine problems

    Sudden engine failure as you are driving along is immediately apparent, but a lot of engine problems show themselves in less dramatic ways. If you know the signs you can take prompt action, which can often avoid expensive repair bills. Read more