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I recently purchased a 2001 Frontier, 3.3 v-6 crew cab. I test drove the truck for 3 weeks (was a trade) and was really happy with it, truck did not use a drop of oil, and I got 19 MPG, and zero problems. Well after the trade was complete I changed the oil, used Castrol, and a Purolator pure one oil filter, and when I first cranked up I notice some white smoke, cleared right up and thought nothing more of it. Used a quart of oil first week after oil change, and now another quart, I'm going to change the filter this week, and put on a Napa filter, I was just wonder if anyone has seen this ?

I read over this forum a lot before I purchased the truck, and searched for using oil threads, looks like motor problems are few and far between. I did notice it had a yellow Pennzoil filter on it when I changed it, I hope the filter is my only problem. Any pointers I sure would appreciate it.

Thanks, Clint
 

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lovemysan said:
I thought I might add I didn't care for the oversize Pure1 filter it was a pain to get on my 4cyl.


And my name is clint too
Well I got the oil filter changed, I was going to just change the filter, and of course Daddy said it's only a couple more bucks, if your that cheap I will pay for the oil

So I went ahead, he is right LOL, I put a Napa filter on, and fresh oil, will see what happens, I noticed some oil on the bottom o fthe filter, the napa filter has a spring looking thing on the inside, the Purolator did not. I really hope it was just a filter problem.

Yea that Clint name is a good name, can't think of a better one

I would have gotton a Nissan filter, but that's about 60 miles away, or a hour drive anyway.

Thanks for the help, Clint
 

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You may laugh at what oil I went with this time, before this truck I had a Dodge 2500 4x4, Cummins Turbo Diesel, nice truck (great motor!!) and got hooked on Shell Rotella T (synthetic) not a true synthetic, but really pours good 5-40, I decided to use this. The previous change was with Castrol. What do you think of using a diesel oil in a gasser, I really like this oil.

Truck has 88,000 miles on it, every once in awhile I notice a white puff when I crank up in the morning, but very little.
 

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No water in the oil, but it does get black pretty fast, then again I'm used to using about 3 gallons of oil verses around 4 quarts!! 3 days and it has not used anymore oil, will check every day for a week and see what happens.

I tell you what, I'm new here, but yall have been very helpful, this is a great forum, with people who actualy will reply to new questions, by new members, I really appreciate that.

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Bror Jace said:
White smoke can be a sign of a blown headgasket or some other source of coolant ... or it can be normal upon start-up, especially on cool, damp days. It depends on the circumstances and the amount of smoke. Do the clouds of smoke linger or disappear quickly?

And in certain light, blue smoke (from oil burning) can be mistaken for white smoke (actually steam/fog).

Watch the coolant level in the recovery tank and consider doing a UOA ($20-$30) which will show coolant contamination of the motor oil that happens with a blown headgasket or some other type of coolant leak.
It's oil smoke, this morning damp rainy and cool, it got a good puff, but only once, and not first thing in the morning, I cranked it up, forgot something in house, cut truck off, ran back in house, then it made a nice cloud smoke, opened door and could smell oil burning smell. Oil has still not moved on cable dipstick thingy.

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Still using oil, so I done a compression test, all cylinders show 105 psi except 3 shows 59 PSI, when a bit of oil is added it shows 105, all others show around 105, guage may be off some, the man who loaned the guage to me (my mechanic) told me just to look for a oddball number. Now wondering what to do next, 88,000 miles is not a lot of miles, I will talk with my mechanic to see,, a way out in left field possibility rings may be lined up, but not my luck. Anyone feel free to chime in here for some next steps.

Thanks, Clint
 
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