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Why does smoke come from the left side of the motor

(1999 Ford Explorer)
in Memphis, TN on February 23, 2015
I notice it when I drove from work to home which takes 8mins.it smoked for about 2mins not big clouds but big enough to see something is smoking under the hood.the next day I drove it to the corner store by my house,I left it running while in the store,came home looked under the good and let it run for 5 mins still no smoke.turned it off smoke comes from the left side of the motor.not a lot or big clouds
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on February 23, 2015
Suspect left valve cover gasket leaking a small amount of oil onto hot exhaust manifold... Radiator fan blows smoke away when engine running.. Turn engine off, fan stop.....see smoke!
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