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Smoke from exhaust when starting

White smoke when starting and also after stopping at traffic lights

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    white smoke from exhaust pipes from my 2001 boxter very annoying and prblematic. what causes this? how do i fix this? also overheating as of lately check engine light is now coming on also


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You are Burning Oil. Check the Oil Level, Should be low. Have a Mechanic check your Compression and the Rings in that Motor!

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1996 Saturn sl2 smoke problem not head gasket no antifreeze seeping in valve cover gasket leaks and losing about a quart and a half of oil no blue smoke kinda white but heavy a little stops driving

White coming out the tail pipes is coolant/water. Doesn't mean the head gasket is blown, but you'll wish it was. Could be a cracked head. They can crack inside the intake or exhaust port. This would still give you a good compression reading. If in the intake, you would have a misfire. Exhaust you wouldn't. As far as the blue goes. It is mostly white in color, with a hint of blue color. Loosing that much oil would be a major leak or the rings are shot. Rings being shot, you would see that blueish tint in the smoke.

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My toy runs good nothing blown but it smokes white smoke sometimes when i stop at a traffic light and go or sometimes when its just idleing. thanyou

white smoke is normally water in the combustion process
have a compression test done to check for head leaks (corrosion)
have a cooling system pressure test done

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White smoke comes from tailpies while excelling traffic light.

Is it a lot of white smoke? White/Gray Smoke: White exhaust smoke is an indication that coolant is burning in the combustion chamber. These are possible causes:
Cylinder Head: A crack in the cylinder head (around the coolant jacket) will cause coolant to enter the combustion chamber.

Although for some cars white smoke is normal, as long as it is not super excessive.

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My car has just starting blowing white thick smoke out the exhaust whats the problem

Typically the symptoms that you describe means coolant in the combustion chamber. Not a good thing at all. It needs to be fixed, as if a cylinder fills with coolant, you have hydro lock, meaning liquid cannot compress like a gas. This breaks rings. Usually, you have a head crack, gasket leak or something similar, all pricey to fix. To test, pressurize the cooling system to spec (like 12 to 14 psi, listed on CAP) pull plugs, and look for fluid in a cylinder.

Jan 27, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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If blue smoke started but then it stopped what does that mean?

When you stop at the traffic lights and then drive off and you get blue white smoke then you have either worn piston rings or worn valve guides where oil is getting into the combustion chamber.

Jan 24, 2012 | 1998 Mazda 626

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Idle is high at start - 1800 rpm. Seems like excessive white smoke from exhaust. Put into reverse and back out of driveway it has a regular shudder (bump bump bump) but not hard metal grinding sound.....

white smoke out of the exhaust would be a sign that it is burning coolant... if it goes away after it warms up, it could just be condensation inside the exhaust pipe. 1800 rpm is a very high idle, maybe have your IAC motor on the throttle body checked... check engine light? if so have the code read at your local auto zone.

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I have a 2001 VW Passat, runs and drives great, however it occasionally smokes when I am stopped or parked. Smoke is white, and the temp gauge usually reads 190, right in the middle. Coolant is full, but...

You have a head gasket leak. The gasket is allowing heat/exhaust to pass from the exhaust ports to the cooling jacket (antifreeze). This makes the coolant grimmy. As you move from traffic to park the car, there is no more exhaust gasses pressurizing the exhaust ports and now the hot, pressurized coolant is allowed to move from the cooling jacket into the exhaust port, turn to vapor and escapes through normal exhaust routes.


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White smoke coming out of the exhaust when starting the engine?

Its the problem of oil.The oil is getting burned out. The vehicle is either burning oil or it is moisture in the gas chamber if you notice white smoke from the exhaust. This is a common possibility.but in some cases this white smoke is not due to oil burning.In that case   White smoke from the exhaust is a symptom of coolant entering the combustion chamber. Normally this is a sign of a blown head gasket or cracked head. And  this is not a common problem must be repaired immediately. You must STOP driving this vehicle or you will cause serious engine damage. you will have to get both this possibilities checked.
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Car has white smoke coming from tail pipe

sounds like a blown head gasket letting coolant get injected into the engine and getting burned with the fuel. a head gasket replacement should help

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When i am in traffic for a long time the exhaust system let out alot of white smoke i recently did a tune up and i don't know what is the problem. My car is the mitsubishi galant 2003

white smoke is an indication of water in the cylinder that isnt burning (white smoke is steam). also this indicates that you have a bad head gasket.

Jan 14, 2010 | 2003 Mitsubishi Galant

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