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What does white smoke, overheating, cut off when stop at red light

The car shuts off when i stop and wait at a light too long, the oil idle moves excessively fast when the truck is over heating, the check gage light comes on, and ;you smell gas

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Blown head gasket.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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If worse comes to worse, hard wire the fan to a toggle switch and mount the switch somewhere in the car that is easy for you to access. That way when you're driving down the road and you notice your temp starting to get a little high, flip the switch and let it run as long as you need it to.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

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SOURCE: White Smoke

It may dissipate only because it is cooking off faster after warmup.
You have a hose or radiator leak; check your coolant level often until you have it serviced.

I wouldn't use the stuff but there are several 'stopleak' products in auto parts stores.

Don't let it hang too long; if you run low on coolant, you are risking overheating and possibly a blown head gasket which you may already have anyhow.
The coolant leak can come from hoses, the radiator and the head gasket failed near a cooling channel.
Also check your oil and if it looks like Jergens (hand lotion), you already have a blown gasket; that comes from oil and water mixed together and makes a poor lubricant.

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

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SOURCE: my truck blows white smoke

Hello!
There are two differnt reasons for black and white smoke coming from the tail pipe.
Black smoke means fuel runs rich (car getting to much gas). Check fuel pressure/air filter.
In some cases the white smoke means car is burning oil or transmittion fluid. Have tem checked/replaced.
If you can feel a smelly smoke it can be catalytic converter.
In a worsest scenario if car blowing white smoke it can be engine coolant is getting into an engine cylinder from a bad head gasket ,or a warped/cracked head. So you need to keep your eye on coolant level and check your engine for overheat. Also might be good to check your oil for traces of coolant (on a dipstick it would be a milky substance mixture of oil and coolant).
Good Luck

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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SOURCE: Low coolant and oil smells like gas. No white/blue

let your car idle go back to the tail pipe if it seems to be steaming alot , and or smells like antifreeze then you have a head gasket problem or a gasket leak alowing in directly into your engine

Posted on Apr 28, 2009

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SOURCE: I smell gas fumes and when I turn the air or heat

it could be a leak in either your exhaust or the exhaust manifold gasket

Posted on Apr 01, 2010

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