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White smoke or steam coming out of exhaust pipe,

Could this be the the cylinder head gasket? its the 3lr v6 engine

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  • d_crossey Jan 01, 2009

    cheers bradpenton thats what i thought it might be cheers mate

  • silver top May 11, 2010

    hi is the engine missfiring? have you lost any coolant from head tank ? as this engine has two cyl/heads if you remove all spark plugs and keep them in order related to cyl taken from? you should see at least one plug different colour/cleaned by steam from the possible head gasket that has blown? but i would suggest either have a compression test of suspect cyl ? and compare with others or have cooling system pressure test ? do'nt jump to head gasket just yet ? as the cause of smoke (colour) or steam may be some other problem ? if h/gasket? it would give temperature higher reading?? and pressurising of cooling system with loss of coolant? if you could provide update on above checks it would help make correct diagnosis and save unnecessary work being done ? hope this helps

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Is coolant level normal? Temperature normal? Has vehicle overheated? Is it unusually cold where you are? Does steam/smoke disappear after a time? Is engine "missing" at all?

  • Tim Rhodes
    Tim Rhodes Oct 28, 2012

    I had a similar problem with my corsa losing coolant and misfiring on cold startup/steam from tailpipe...turned out to be a split head gasket, and the cylinder head had warped slightly.



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Its funny that everyone has solved the problem without any answers to critical questions. In this case, everyone is right and everyone is wrong. ONLY careful testing and observation will determine if there is an actual problem. I do not solve problems just to be first. Even in a hands-on situation I refuse to jump to conclusions before testing, otherwise you run the risk of at best, "chasing your tail" or at worst, tearing into a perfectly good engine to prove nothing!!!
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  • Paula Hamilton Nov 30, 2013

    Hi,I know what you mean about chassing your tell,as this could be a list of falts but some times it just needs some one to jog are memory to make the penney drop,I do think pressurerising the water system is a good idear as it will show if there is a leek,you could also use some kind of dye so it lets you see a colour come out of the exurst.see you.


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White smoke means water. This could be caused by the head gaskes. crcked head or engine block. Most likely its the head gasket though.

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It depends, It is normal for steam to come from the tail pipe if the engine is cold. It is also normal if it is cold outside.This will just be steam and will quickly disappear. In the case of a blown head gasket it will certainly be white smoke that will hang in the air and will have a sweet sugary smell to it.Also if it comes out as smoke from a blown gasket you will have a very clean spark plug in at least one cylinder and the porcelain will be white or light gray. Normal plug insulator color will be tan or dark brown.

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  • Howard Lester Jan 01, 2009

    Thundergod, I noticed you have made some suggestions and fixed a few issues at Fixya already. Did you do careful testing and observation to make sure if they had actual problems? Fact of the matter is that every question we answer here is based solely on the askers information or lack of it.If we need more information we ask for clarification.He is asking for possible solutions and causes.We have all given him what we feel are accurate solutions based on our experience.I ,and I am sure all the posters have seen antifreeze in the combustion chambers many times and would agree white smoke is a classic symptom. 3.0 liter chrysler engines have had real issues with blown head gaskets. This adds to the possibility. You could never post on Fixya if you didn't make some assumptions.To all the guys who took the time to answer this question great work.I think every person that takes time from his day to even post an answer to any question on Fixya deserves a thanks for trying.

  • Paula Hamilton Nov 30, 2013

    Hi,you deserve a thanks for theis letter well sied.


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