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2004 Camry White Smoke/Exhaust

When I start my 2004 Toyota Camry there is white smoke/exhaust that comes out of the tail pipe. After a few minutes the smoke goes away. I live in the northern Midwest. The fact that it's getting colder has nothing to do with the problem because the car did it all summer. Is this something I should be concerned about? Any ideas what it could be?

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You may have a blown head gasket,how is your coolant level?

Posted on Nov 02, 2012

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If the smoke is black that your car is burning oil when it starts up. When your engine is hot, metal expands, sealing everything perfectly. When you engine is cold, not everything is sealed 100%. Your issue is probably the piston rings not seating right until the engine warms up. This will get worse over the years as continuous daily wear and tear will continue to wear the rings. Have your piston rings replaced. But don't just take my word for it, go to a dealer and have them diagnose it, if they say the same thing, than that's your issue, right on the money. Dealerships are they way to go, because they may give you a list of things that need to be, but they don't make things up.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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The likely cause is coolant leaking into the cylinders due to a failed head gasket. You should be losing some coolant and need to top it up so check the level. You will also find that coolant is finding its way into the lubrication system and "contaminating" the oil.
Remove the dip stick to check the oil and if you can see a whitish substance in the oil you have coolant in the lubrication system which is is leaking through the failed head gasket.
You may also see traces of oil in the vehicles cooling system so look there also.
The only fix for this problem, once properly diagnosed, is to have the head removed from the engine and a new head gasket fitted. The head would also need to be checked carefully in case of cracking and in any event would most likely need to be machined by a head specialist before being refitted.

The `cause of the failure is unknown but if the vehicle has ever been operated with an overheated engine (due to problems with the cooling system) this is enough to blow the head gasket and to potentially damage the head on the engine.

Not good news I'm afraid so please get it checked out and properly diagnosed with a reputable auto repair business.

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Posted on Dec 15, 2009

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white smoke is water in the combustion ,this means head gaskets and as this vehicle is so old 1991 then it may not be a economic repair ,1991 PETROL V6 even if its running well with a years inspection ticket its only worth 500 euros max and thats a it so is it worth repairing now a diesel manual version would be worth repairing providing it wasnt rusty underneath but this car is just too old to bother with

Posted on Apr 25, 2011

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SOURCE: 1994 Toyota Camry 4 cyl. Check engine light on when engine cold. Goes out when engine warms up. White smoke out of exhaust while wraming up but goes away after engine is warm.

Head gasket is leaking antifreeze into the cylinders but it is very minor now, soon you wont be able to drive.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012

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