Also..... spark plug wires. When I follow them back to the coils they seem opposite to each other. How do I know which side of the coil goes to which spark plug. That doesn't seem to be covered in the manual either.
So back to the smoke issue.... I rebuilt the top end. I noticed that there was a fair amount of oil in the bottom of the engine. Enough that the bottom of the piston rod came back up wet when I turned it...see picture in a previous post.
I assumed there has to be some oil there to keep the bearings lubed. And I'd be surprised if that much oil is getting past the new rings.
The spark plugs are wet every time I take them out.
The exhaust is blowing out really dirty water with little "blobs" of black oil and leaving a huge oily patch in the grass under it.
So, obviously burning oil.
Now I have not run it in water yet...only on the hose. I'm afraid of the oil slick I will leave in the river .
I can't find anything about testing the oil pumps for anything other than making sure they are pumping....nothing so see if they are pumping too much oil.
Or maybe the problem really is all the oil in the crankcase.