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Engine i belive im burning motor oil i think there is a leak the smoke is coming out from behind the engine if you stand in front of the car

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It sounds like a rear main seal or a head gasket check your oil if it looks sort of like a milk shake color or foamy its the head gasket if its is leaving little spots under the car towards the back of the motor it is the rear main seal or it could an oil pan gasket.

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I have a Nissan Murano when starting it up some days a small amount of white smoke come out the tailpipe for 1 sec . but the coolant is green an no oil on the ground mileage 187258


White smoke is a sign that coolant could be leaking into your pistons and getting burned. I doubt that is the case hear as you say it only happens for like a second. I would think what you're seeing is condensate getting burned out of the exhaust which is normal. If you think you have a blown gasket causing coolant to get into the pistons, go have your system pressure tested. If there is a small leak, it's better to take care of it now than to wait until it's really big and then the engine could get destroyed.

Apr 19, 2016 | 2007 Nissan Murano SL

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What causes heaps of smoke on start up , usually cold but goes once operating temperature?Smoke colour is more whitish than oil coloured so is fuel related!


It helps to indicate what vehicle you have , which engine is fitted and the mileage it has done when posing your questions.
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No it is not fuel related but very likely engine oil and valve stem related.

The most likely problem is that the valve stem seals are leaking instead of sealing and when you park the car for a decent length of time (as overnight) the oil in the cylinder head drains down via the bad seals into the cylinders and builds up.

When you start the car you will get instant smoke from the exhaust and oil smoke will linger (unlike steam).. It will keep smoking until most of the excess oil has been burned up but oil will continue to slowly leak into the cylinders while driving and will be burned up quickly and cannot accumulate until you shut down the engine again and leave the car again for hours.

Stand behind the car after it has been sitting for a while and check the emissions. Oil smoke is very distinctive in smell and it lingers.

Mar 21, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Has anyone had a problem with excessive oil consumption?


just about everyone does with either an old car or a new car with high mileage.how excessive? is oil consumption.well first thing is to check for oil leaks either underneath the motor or any oil lines feed into the motor .any major leaks would be pretty noticeable.if none are present then one would assume that your motor is burning the oil through the exhaust system .check to see what color smoke is coming threw the tail pipe.blue or black smoke indicates oil burning white will indicate engine coolant burning.in any case some color smoke is normal just depends on how much.so lets say your exhaust smoke is normal still could be burning oil just not a noticeable amount.on average you shouldnt have to add anymore than 2 quarts a month or every 1000 miles .depending on your driving conditions if you are having to add more than this there would be a leak some where or heavy color smoke.keep up on oil changes and always add lucas oil usually 1 quart its alot thicker than conventional oil so it reduces engine wear and will handle any small leaks in the engine components like the pistons and rings.if problem still present get to a dealer or certified mechanic as soon as possible good luck.

Nov 27, 2014 | 2009 Toyota Camry

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White smoke coming out exhaust


If the smoke is only when you first start it I would be looking at your valve stem oil seals, this is no serious problem to your driving and with the right gear and knowledge can be changed in car . But if your smoke is more constant than the story changes, your oil control rings have failed and this needs an engine overhaul. 2 things you need to remember is fuel burns black, oil burns white and head gaskets show visible problems, water or air leaks both external and internal so your mechanic may be correct

Jan 24, 2014 | Mazda Cars & Trucks

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When i turn on my 1983 buick regal it starts smoking from behind the motor some where and i cannot figure it out. what could it be?


Oil. if the smoke is coming from between the engine block and the firewall then its probably oil on the exhaust manifold. Make sure that your engine is not leaking oil from the seals and make sure the oil cap and dipstick are in place, start your car, with the hood up and observe the smoke if its bad then id take it to a mechanic but if its only mild then providing your engine isn't leaking oil it should burn off within a few minutes of the engine being started, i say watch the smoke because if it is leaking oil onto the exhaust in great amounts then it is possible it could catch fire.

Feb 11, 2012 | 1983 Buick Regal

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Oil leaking or burning


this can be very simple to solve,after you've driven the car for,say,20 miles or maybe even 15 miles,place a piece of plain brown cardboard under the motor on ground.under the motor.make sure the engines not running,just slide the cardboard under the motor on the ground.you can even put a big piece under the whole front of car,from side to side. your whole motor is in front,including the transmission. black fluid is oil leak,red fluid is transmission fluid. if your engines burning oil,then you'll be adding oil to your engine constantly. depending on how often you drive your vehicle. just remember black fluids oil leak,red fluids,transmission fluid leak. if your motors smoking black while running, that's oil burning with your gas. you may only have a simple issue,your check engine light on? autozone or advance auto parts store can read the codes for free!! thank you,for choosing fixya.com

Feb 20, 2011 | 1998 Plymouth Breeze

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White smoke and the smell of burning rubber. I have had lots maintenance of work done to my car. I was starting to notice and smell burn oil. I had a small valve cover leak so I just had the whole...


Bradley,
You have stated two problems. Coming to second first. Smell of burning rubber. in the car rubber is only at two places where it can burn, The tyres, unlikely as you have not commented upon your driving habits. Some people like to rev the engine so much before take off that the tyres go burning for the first few hundred meters. And then there is rubber on the wires and cables. You have to check the wires for any heat while the engine is running.
Coming to the first now. White smoke is generally of unburnt fiel and not oil. Oil alwayd give black smoke and that is the indication you get when the exhaust is giving black smoke. That means that the engine is consuming oil. if it is white then that indicates that the engine is cold and burning more gas/diesel. Is your a diesel vehicle?? But as you say it from under the hood. And that too behind the engine block. May be that the gasket is leaking from somewhere. If you could check the engine oil level for a few days early in the morning before starting the engine. If the level drops and the exhaust tail pipe does not blacken your finger when you rub it in it would mean that the oil is being burnt. Now what I suggest is that with the engine running and hand brakes on, go under the car with hood open and try to locate the source of the smoke. I am sure you would be able to locate it.
Then we talk again.

Dec 23, 2009 | 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Why would my 96 honda civic be burning oil


Is it burning it or leaking it? If it is burning it then it could be caused from worn out valve seals or valve guides or worn out or cracked piston rings. The engine will have to be torn down to fix a problem like this. You may try using a product like motor honey or lucal oil stabalizer to help slow down the oil burning. There is no easy fix for a problem like this unfortunately

Aug 20, 2009 | 1996 Honda Civic

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2000 Neon with small amount of oil leaking when parked.No oil leaking when put up on rack. Drives car around town seems fine, Drive car for a longer trip and no oil shows up on dipstick. Oil is added and...


When u run your car for a long of time make sure the oil drops down to the oil pan with engine off for about 10 minutes then check oil. If you stop and then immediately u check the oil, oil level will show low, because some oil is at the cylinder head. I think the oil seals for the crankshaft are worn, their one infront of the engine and one behind, where the motor is connected to the transmission. When the head gasket is not good you see oil in the the coolant or coolant in oil and white smoke comes out and car doesn't have enough power, because there is not good compression

Aug 02, 2009 | 2005 Mazda RX-8

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White Smoke coming out of bonnet & exhaust,stinks of burning oil


oxygen sensor
oil leak at back of block thats spirting on hot engine block
bad oil rings in block
valves bad
head or head gasket worn and cracked check the oil if chocolate brown then this would be it
a/c preasure line busted or a/c locked up
water line busted on hot engine or small water leak
bad emmission components

these are the things i can think of off the top of my that could give this reaction in vehicle since im not there in person to see vehicle this will have to be what i think

Jun 16, 2008 | 1990 Ford Escort

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