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it is easy to tell the difference between water and oil
if it is water ,it can be hose , radiator, water pump seal or the like
if it is oil ( red oil ) is the transmission oil cooler lines , or black oil crank shaft seals or oil filter leaks
check the coolant level , take it to an accredited radiator shop and confirm if oil or water
When water heats fast the temperature must be checked independently to eliminate possible electrical problems with the gauge or sender.
If the coolant really is getting too hot too fast a restricted coolant circulation should be suspected. Thermostat is the most likely cause of low or zero coolant circulation but other sorts of blockage are possible and it has been known for the water pump impeller to fall off the shaft or to break up., though these things are rare. I don't advocate suspecting this unless there really is no flow and this is best checked by disconnecting a heater hose.
A restricted air flow through the radiator or the cooling fan not working would probably cause overheating but that tends to take longer and be unremarkable in the speed of overheating.
It is possible for a leaking cylinder head gasket to pressurise the cooling system and displace coolant and disrupt the thermostat operation.
oil too low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! have some change your oil & filter immediately !!! drain radiator & coolant reservoir , refill w/ fresh 50/50 coolant , white smoke is not exactly a good thing ! it could mean coolant is mixing w/ oil , because of a possible leak from a bad gasket either from intake manifold or head gasket !!! water pump would not cause this ! I would bet on a gasket leak given the age of the car . 2000 ! 13 years old, how was it maintained, intake gaskets are cheaply made, head gaskets are made well ! so, my bet, goes to the intake manifold gasket !!!!!!good luck kristle !
I would have my old starter rebuilt or sak about a rebuilt one. Sounds to me like your a lady getting took to the bank. I would get a sec. opinion! Ther is many out there that will take you to the cleaners. Good luck
im with you on this,this engine does not need a complete overhaul,i suspect a garage that is taking the ....,get another garage to take a look ,these engines give little bother and i have not heard of any giving major trouble.You dont give me the background/story as to what happened before this problem accourd,please let me know the history,adrian
No, the seals will not cure themselves, it will continue to leak until it is repaired.
because the transmission was not worked for more than a year, the seals dry up, when you start the engine the dry seals can rip or wear.
Most generally when an engine smokes on start up it is a sign of worn valve guide seals.If this engine has over 150,000 miles on it and/or it has ever been overheated it is very possible that the valve guides themselves may have escessive clearance and are the cause of the valve seal leak.These vehicles have a history of cylinder head problems and if this is determined to be the problem, the only true repair for it is to have the cylinder head rebuilt or replaced.This process can cost upwards of $900.00 to $1,200.00 to do so you might just put up with the problem until it become unbareable. Always be sure to keep the engine oil full and changed on regular interval of 3 mos/ 3,000 miles and use Lucas oil stabilizer to help minimize the oil useage .