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Old 04-07-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Can I borrow your smoke machine?? WashDC

Hey,

I'm trying to do a smoke test and I was wondering if anyone around the DC metro area would mind letting me borrow their smoke machine? It would be appreciated!
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:56 PM   #2
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You could look in to making one yourself. I made one for $9 (the cost of a glow plug and some mineral oil) and found my leak in less than 2 minutes. Plus you will have it forever. I'm about 40 minutes from DC and i'm in the process of improving mine, but if i finish before you find one you can borrow it.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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How'd you make yours? Most DIYs I see either cost $50+ to make your own or use chemicals that aren't safe for your engine I heard. I'm not sure though, I'm new to the whole smoke test thing.
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i used a metal water bottle as the container. Screwed two metal clutch/brake lines into the side, one which bends down to the bottom to agitate the oil, the other suspended in the middle of the bottle to push the smoke through the hose more efficiently. I used a brass T connector and fuel lines to connect the 2 ends of the brake lines that are not inside the bottle to make a single air-in source. In the bottom of the water bottle i drilled a hole and JB welded a nut on that has the same threads and a diesel glow plug. I attached a 5/8" air hose to the nozzle of the water bottle to give some length to be able to put the smoke wherever i want into a vacuum hose. To power the glow plug, i used an Xbox 360 power supply (slightly too much power, but it works). The liquid is baby oil from walgreens- 99% mineral oil, far from dangerous.
So you hook up air source (i use an air compressor turned all the way down) to the T connecter. Half of the air agitates the mineral oil in the bottom of the bottle, splashing it on the glow plug and turning it into smoke. The other half of the air pushes the smoke though the nozzle into the motor.
There are alot of examples on google and youtube, but your design will probably be adapted to the supplies you have around the house.
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