OK, just before I finally buy a new engine or get mine fully reconditioned..\ndoes anybody have a clue as to what these symptoms might indicate?\n\nIt's a fuel injected 1.9 litre XU block, by the way. I'll give you the full\nlist of symptoms since I first noticed the problem.\n\nFirst off... last year sometime. I got stuck in traffic for a long time with\nthe engine idling and I had blue smoke out the back for about ten miles\nafterwards - so it was burning oil. Figured it was making it's way down the\nvalve stems or something. This only seemed a problem when left at idle for a\nlong time.\nSecond, it starts consuming oil at increasing rates. I don't notice any blue\nsmoke though except when left idling as before. Begins to look like it may\nbe leaking a bit of oil out of the engine somewhere, but I'll be damned if I\ncan see where.\nBy the start of this year, it's still using up oil and now I'm hearing a\nticking noise when I start the car up, coming from the top end on the\nopposite side to the distributor. It's not too loud and goes away after a\ncouple of minutes driving.\nNext, I think I started smelling petrol pretty badly whenever I stop\nanywhere. It seems to be coming out with the exhaust gases, but it's never\nbackfired (so maybe not?).\nOver the past couple of months, the ticking noise has worsened. I also had a\nrather bad fright when I managed to pour 2.5 litres of oil into it about\nthree weeks ago before it was up at the maximum (quite a sudden drop,\nalthough I didn't note the miles - possibly around 1000). Next, I drove it\nmaybe 50-60 miles and the ticking noise got quieter, but didn't actually go\naway all through the journey.\nNow, it's ticking very loudly. It's been three or four weeks ago since I\nlast put oil in it, but the oil level won't budge from the maximum - so it's\nstopped consuming oil??!? Sounds like maybe the oil isn't getting to the\nhead? What's likely to happen? Loud explosions?!?\n\nAnd yes, I understand that all this probably means 'shagged engine', but\nit'd be cool if I actually knew what was causing all this before I get it\nreconditioned.. might be better off scrapping it and looking for another\nengine if this is *really* serious.\n\nCheers,\n\nChris.