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A lot of white smoke coming from tail pipe.

I have pulled the spark plugs holes in cyl head there is no silver shining it's all black so I don't think it's the head gasket. However I did notice that there is oil dripping from the bottom of the turbo. I have a small amount of water in the oil. I think I may be dealing with two different problems. Any input would be very much appreciated. It's a 1999 93 2.0 turbo engine. Just rebuilt the engine and installed it, and these problems occurred.

Thanks,

Rudene

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  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    I have this same problem with my passat 1999 white smoke on the tail pipe the mechanic say its the turbo is no good.Is this true?

  • alexpage41 Mar 09, 2009

    have 1996 850 R turbo... slight water in oil. no overheating symptoms on this daily driver. would like to know if there is an oil cooler on this five cylinder. or if there is any place that oil and water pass through the same area... radiator? also there is a slight leak of oil on the bottom of the turbo... Last oil change theere was a lilttle water mixed in just enough to be sure there was some. now it is there again... no loss of power or symptoms of head gasket damage. what else could this be caused by...

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Sounds like the bearings in your turbo, or your return pipe for the turbo is blocked and oil is building up to the point of leaking out the bearings into the exhaust.Let me know :)

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Sounds like the all too familiar problem of water in your oil. Check you radiator fluid, to see if it may be losing its level, and if it is, fill it, then check it again in a few days. That may be it.

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