Alright, I'm sorry if this is the wrong place.
I'm having a bit of a problem. I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma V6, with 184k miles. When I got the vehicle, the cats and 02 sensors were removed so the vehicle has never passed smog. I had a shop refuse to give me a diagnosis because the cats were removed, thought that might be important. The last four years my dad has been here to take care of any maintenance and/or issues.
I took the truck to get the oil changed and they told me I had sludge in the engine and they would charge me 13.99 to clean it out. No problem, what could it hurt? I'm less than 2 miles away when my truck starts to smoke pretty bad. I've NEVER had smoking problems before.
I take it back and they say it could be a head gasket, or it could be just the "sludge" working itself out. I am pretty sure that its not a head gasket. There is no loss of coolant, no change in consistency of the oil, the vehicle does not over heat and the smoke does not smell sweet. I asked a friend of mine who deals mostly with Fbodies if he would come look at it. He says there is no way its a head gasket.
We thought maybe just changing the oil would calm it down. Maybe they put crappy oil in it and its the wrong kind, or just bad. Changed the oil and oil filter. NO change.
So, I talked to my dad who is 5 or 6 states away now and he told me it could possibly be a broken valve seal. I added some leak stopper stuff made by STP that specifically states its to fix small leaks.
I put it in (the stuff is like HONEY!) and ran the truck for 30 miles. It did stop it a tiny bit, but instead of smoking all the time, it now smokes on start up and acceleration. Its pretty bad/embarrassing. I ran it another 30 miles today and same result (bad/embarrassing). Pops says to keep running it the next few days, might take a while.
Any time I need to accelerate, I pretty much smoke out the person behind me and leave a trail of smoke. I'm not talking about a little smoke, I'm talking about extreme amounts of smoke. There is also a small choking feeling. The truck sputters anytime I try to accelerate too quickly.
I tried to take a video of the smoke when I start the truck when its cold, and this is what I was able to get. Took me about 5-6 second to get the damn phone to record. Please note, I just put the key in and walked to the back to video, this is not upon acceleration.
I am curious to see what other people think about what might be the problem. I grew up with my dad being around and it was easy getting stuff done, but I have no one here that I really trust to give it to me straight on what's wrong. I'm sure you can understand my lack of trust. My next option is to fly my dad out here for a few days to take a look at it, and I really would like to avoid that.
Any help is appreciated.