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Old 08 May 2006, 06:11 pm
ExtremeValue
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Default Exhaust related

I have noticed some black ash (like carbon powder) at the end of the
tail pipe of my 1996 civic (212K km). I was able to clean the black
formation using a tissue paper. The muffler is relatively new and the
vehicle is very well maintained (I bought it used). Oil changed in Jan
and May.

I drive the car to go to school which is about 6km from my home. A
friend told me that running the car for such a short distance on a
regular basis would develop problem with exhaust system and will be
difficult to pass the emission test (due Jan 2007).

Any suggestions on what should I do to take care of this problem? I
have decided to run the car on highways for about 15 minutes every
week. Will that be a good thing to do? Thanks in advance.

Other relevant information:
The smoke is colorless and I used fuel injector cleaner a month ago.

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Old 08 May 2006, 08:37 pm
jim beam
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Default Re: Exhaust related

ExtremeValue wrote:
> I have noticed some black ash (like carbon powder) at the end of the
> tail pipe of my 1996 civic (212K km). I was able to clean the black
> formation using a tissue paper. The muffler is relatively new and the
> vehicle is very well maintained (I bought it used). Oil changed in Jan
> and May.
>
> I drive the car to go to school which is about 6km from my home. A
> friend told me that running the car for such a short distance on a
> regular basis would develop problem with exhaust system and will be
> difficult to pass the emission test (due Jan 2007).
>
> Any suggestions on what should I do to take care of this problem? I
> have decided to run the car on highways for about 15 minutes every
> week. Will that be a good thing to do? Thanks in advance.
>
> Other relevant information:
> The smoke is colorless and I used fuel injector cleaner a month ago.
>

it's not a "problem" - it's the result of normal operation. forget
about it and just drive normally.
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Old 09 May 2006, 11:12 am
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Default Re: Exhaust related

Thank you.

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