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I have white smoke that pours out of the engine during startup and warming up of my 1990 Plymouth laser. It has a Mitsubishi turbo motor from the same year that was put in. The white smoke appears to be coming from all over but prominately from the oil breather.

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Piston rings might be worn-out already
engine oil mixes inside the engine during combustion, that causes white smoke
does your car seemed to have less power when your driving it!
if it does then you could have it check to a repair center.

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1990 Geo metro popped and poured white smoke out


its a GEO POPPER.
"no oil up on crank case"

no idea what that means.??????
yes PCV valve. do clog.

white smoke at end if tail pipe.
you didnt say where,?

white smoke has 2 reasons.(tail end)
Steam and oil.
steam goes away fast and looks just like moms tea pot. and smells sweet, like the antifreeze in engine. (rad cap off ,sniff sniff, cold engine)

oil burning, smoke is very very slow to go away.
and smells like , blush burned oil.
if not sure what burn oil looks like or smells like
take out the dip stick on a hot engine
let it drip to the hot exhaust manifold there.
now you know. and is a key diagnostic skill.


no oil seen on dip stick end?, you mean that?
well you need to keep that from happening,
doing weekly service, and for sure old cars.
26 years old.

low oil invites blowing up a good engine.
for sure.
if it did that smoke is oil
if it did 10x worse, both .

my wild guess is you meant to say
I didnt see oil leaking on top of engine.
right?

if the engine backwires to the air cleaner
you forgot to replace the cam belt every 60k miles
the pcv will also be clogged, on cars not getting proper service, super colon.
if the PCV clogs,engine may leak oil bad.

this engine btw is a G10 3 cylinder.
with TBI injection.
we can talk TBI all day, owned one.

white smoke can come from many places
exhaust manifold, leaks of oil can land there
engine can back fire to air cleaner making smoke.
tail end.
steam is much worse. ill not delve in to that yet/.

Apr 04, 2014 | 1990 Geo Metro

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1)Make the test drive appointment with the seller in the EARLY MORNING hour. Inspect the car when it is COMPLETELY cold.

Cold engine will ran rough during the closed loop cycle (warm up phase). This is the best time to inspect for worn motor and transmission mounts.

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2) RECORD color of all fluid on the vehicle.

DO NOT ASSUME

motor oil is clear to black
transmission fluid is lite pink to dark red
coolant is green or orange for GM Dexcool

Dip a small sample of the fluids on a WHITE printer paper and compare it to any drip on the ground after 15 minutes of warm up time.

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3)Look for oil leak(s) under the car after 15+ minutes of warm up time.

Front seal is inches below the harmonic balancer (center of the pulley system on the crank)

Rear main seal is no visible from the outside (It is where the engine meet the transmission casing)

Front seal and rear seal leak(s) can set you back hundreds on labor.
Some seller will tell you the rubber seal only cost $12 or less (which is true) but the labor is at $90+ per hour.

A top notch professional auto repair shop can complete the job on a rear wheel drive vehicle in under 1 1/2 hours (front and rear seals).

Front wheel drive vehicle is a 2+ hours job.

Once again DO NOT ASSUME

Lite brown to black fluid is motor oil

Pink to dark red is transmission fluid

Compare the fluid on the white printer paper so you will have a good idea on which fluid is leaking.

A manual transmission clutch system can be destroy by only few ounce of motor oil seepage from the rear main seal.

An average clutch job is over $260!!!!

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4)Inspect the color of the exhaust smoke at initial startup.

Few minutes of lite blue or black smoke is OK for high mileage vehicle.
(75,000+ miles)

BLUE smoke is a sign of worn oil seal on the engine head. It SHOULD be clear out after 2-5 minutes of warm up time.

BLACK smoke is a sign of engine is running rich.
You should monitor the smoke level. It should reduce to an acceptable level after warm up 5-10 minutes.

lite WHITE smoke is OK until 10 minutes of warm up time.
If there is WHITE smoke after 15 minutes of warm up time then you should do a coolant compression test to make sure the head gasket able to blown.

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5)Look for miss-match tires

This is a sign for low budget owner or car flipper.

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6)After 15+ minutes of warm up time then take the vehicle for local and highway ran.

Test the car on a hilly road to listen for dieseling (ping) sound from the engine.

WORN engine will produce louder dieseling sound.

A totally worn engine will also vibrate a lot more.
You have to factor is worn motor and transmission mount.

Have your friend drive a second vehicle right behind you to look for color of the smoke during the test drive during the test drive.

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7)On 1996+ vehicle,look for Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light.

MAKE SURE this lamp does light for few second during initial startup.

If there is code stored in the computer then you will need an OBDII code reader to pull the codes.

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8)READ the state emission report carefully!

HC
CO
CO2
O2
NOx

Look for the upper limit parameters and compare to the RECORDED TEST RESULTS.

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9)Check for pull on suspension noise during test drive,

Do the re-bound shock test on all four shocks.

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10) Inspect for damaged or replaced radiator support or hood.

Heavy frontal collision can cause frame damage.

Uni-body vehicle may not show frame damage with visual inspection.

Avoid car that has combination of frontal AND roof damage.

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Check Kelly Blue Book for private seller value and Carfax before making the offer.

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Good luck on your vehicle search and please email me if you have any question or comment on how to improve this inspection article.

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on Apr 17, 2010 | Honda Civic Cars & Trucks

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I have a 1990 plymouth laser 2.o w/o turbo..i fixed the computer now i am not getting any fire


try cleaning the the light area og the lacer because dust could have collected in that area.

Sep 26, 2013 | 1990 Plymouth Laser

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My 2006 bmw 750i it smoking sometime white smoke


White smoke comes in two forms

On start up it can be unburnt fuel

While driving vehicle, motor warmed up ,
it is coolant in the exhaust,usually a bad head
gasket

If your bmw has a turbo,then a problem there,
from motor oil associated with turbo problem

Apr 01, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Van misses and pours white smoke on startup with check engine light on


It Probably has to do with the oxagen sensors, Or you could have a blowin head gasket,

Nov 28, 2012 | 1993 Plymouth Grand Voyager

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Blue smoke on startup warm engine


If you have a turbo, a shaft seal may be leaking some oil. Otherwise, the valve seals may be hard or worn enough to pass some oil during 'off' time. As long as it smokes only at startup, there is probably little to worry about until it begins smoking all of the time--then it will be time to replace the leaking seals which can be done without removing the heads. You might try a seal-softener additive in the oil or use 'high mileage' oil which contains seal softener. It also helps loosen sticking rings as well. Hope this helps.

Dec 23, 2009 | 1996 Volvo 850

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Trying to make my car go fast


yes you can, The turbo has no clue if the trans is auto or manual. Good luck, God bless

Oct 01, 2009 | 1990 Plymouth Laser

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Heap of white smoke on startup but not always


White smoke usually occurs when there is not enough heat to burn the fuel. The unburned fuel particles go out the tailpipe and typically produce a rich fuel smell. It's not unusual to see white smoke in the exhaust during cold weather until the engine warms up.

Faulty glow plugs or control module can cause white smoke on engine start up.

Low engine cranking speed may also produce white smoke.

If white smoke is still visible after the engine has warmed up, the engine may have one or more bad injectors, retarded injection timing or a worn injection pump.

Low compression or air in the fuel system can also be a source of white smoke.

May 20, 2009 | 1992 Daihatsu Charade

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