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    bonehead mistake

    So I made a bonehead mistake. I have a full race catch can and I was catching very little during the summer and warmer months. And when I say very little, I mean almost nothing. I ended up getting complacent about it. So over Christmas, I drove from Pittsburgh to Georgia and when I did, I swapped from my 93-octane tune to the 87-octane tune to save some money on gas. I had changed my oil about 1,000 miles prior to heading out on the trip and drained the catch can then with very little catchings. My bonehead mistake is that I forgot to drain the catch can before embarking on my journey. While in Georgia as I pulled into my brother's house I noticed white smoke from the exhaust and a burning oil smell and freaked out.

    I had no idea what it might be until I remembered I hadn't drained the catch can. So I grabbed some bottles and drained about a 20-ounce water bottle of crap out of it. I continued to get the white smoke, but it was intermittent. Like only after a hard stop or something, but not every time I stop. Halfway on the trip home, I drained the can again and got maybe 5-ounces. I have drained about the same on two more occasions since returning home. I still get the white smoke on every third stop or so, but not on every stop. I have no smoke or anything while driving or under load. It is only when stopping and I can generally tell when it is going to happen because I can feel a bit of a stumble as I slow down.

    I checked the oil dipstick on the drive home and didn't see anything funny. I also don't see anything funny in the other fluids, but will check again when I get home. I was planning to change my oil again this weekend and possibly change spark plugs, but the truck will pretty much be sitting until then. I have not pulled the lines from the catch can to see if they are dry since I got home, but I did look at them on the way home and they seemed dry. But it was dark, so I didn't get a great look. Is there anything else I should be looking at? Did I horribly harm my truck or can I fix this? Please no comments, about the stupid mistake. I know I ****ed up and I am embarrassed enough already. I'm just trying to figure out how to fix it without causing heaps of permanent damage.

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    I have nothing to add other than, it happens. You aren't the first, won't be the last. Nobody has a right to bother you over it. Easy mistake. Bet you won't make it again.

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    Thanks for the support man. Any input would be greatly appreciated about my plan.

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    It's going to have residual gunk in the lines for a while so you're going to get that smell and smoke for some time. Just keep the can empty for a while and it should clear up in a couple weeks. Too bad it's ill-advised to run seafoam through our engines as it's great for clearing that stuff up.... maybe disconnect the catch can system completely and clean out the lines and whatnot.
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    Yeah. I thought about doing that when I do the oil change. Good point. Thanks.

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    I would suggest removing the lines at the engine, and run carb cleaner or similar through it, dumping back into the catch can to clean them out.
    Drain the catch can after that too.
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    Thank you sir. I will do that.
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    Pull the plugs and clean them, check gap etc...
    I bet some of the plugs are wet.

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    Yeah. I was thinking that. I'll probably just replace the plugs because they were almost due anyways.

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    After doing all these suggestions you'll be good as new
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