Over the last two years, I have had a couple of episodes where I had white smoke coming from my hood when my Taurus, after driving for a small (maybe 10-15 mile) distance. The original problem was thought to be a problem with the air compressor (which was smoking too) and a dripping oil pan. I repaired the former, but not the latter as the pan had dripped since my father purchased the car in 2000. The most recent episode led me to a Ford dealer, which was likely a mistake. Their diagnosis found that there was a large leak of the lower intake gasket head. When I agreed to have that fixed, they discovered that the upper intake gasket head was wet, though they could not confirm it was leaking. They also determined that some other head next to it was wet as well. After they quoted me $3200 to fix it, I argued down to just have the lower gasket head fixed. This was completed last week. They told me to monitor for large oil leaks and coolant leaks, neither of which have happened.
Last night, I had a small amount of white smoke coming out from under the hood of my car and the oil pressure light came on when I put the car in park. I checked the oil and it was not below the minimum line suggested.
I’m at a bit of a loss what to do/expect with this car. The dealership repairmen said that the car should last me at least six months, which is all I need her for as I will be moving to another state where I have no need for my car. I anticipate then that there is oil coming from some other location (maybe the upper gasket head?).
Have I been trying to make too much lemonade out of a lemon, or can this vehicle reasonably get me through six months with a daily commute of 5 miles?
Thanks for any help in advance!