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White smoke appears when you first start the engine after it has been sitting for over 4 hours.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: mazda bravo blowing white smoke

blowing white smoke is almost always a symptom of an engine coolant leak at the cylinder head gasket. remove each spark plug and look for a dis-colored plug to find which cylinder is leaking.

Posted on May 26, 2008

Mike258
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SOURCE: white smoke at startup

Hi michelle,

Smoke signals:

  • White smoke = water vapor
  • Blue smoke = Oil
  • Black smoke = unburnt fuel
If it's only white smoke and it's only on start up (when its cool) its most likely condensation burning off from inside the exhaust pipes, manifold, muffler, etc. If water was in the cylinder(s), on the spark plugs there would be no smoke, exhaust or a running engine.

If oil was leaking into one or more cylinders the smoke would be blue.


There are things you can check for:
  • Is there any loss of power? Does it start and drive normally with no odd sounds or symptoms?
  • Check your coolant level daily (do it safely, never when hot, OK?). Is it dropping?
  • When you check the coolant, do you see any oil mixed in (floating on top)
  • Check your oil level. Is it dropping?
If you answered no to all of these, whats the problem?

As far as your friendly mechanic is concerned:
  • Has a compression test been performed? on each cylinder? What were the results? Get it in writing.
  • Better yet, take it to someone, anyone else for a second opinion. If you have a friend that tinkers with cars, have them perform the same test. see if they match.
  • If you need to bring it to another shop, don't tell them something is wrong. (I'm sure you understand why)
  • A good story is: you can no longer afford it, you are putting it up for sale and to avoid any complications you want to document the engine was recently checked out (specify you want a compression test to be performed as part of this). Since you are trying to get rid of the car, it's less likely a different 'Problem' will appear ;-), Get it? We want straight answers. See what they come up with.
I don't like to speak ill of someone I've never met, but from what you've posted, something smells fishy. You don't replace an engine because of a known blown head gasket. I'm not convinced yet that this is your problem. If it was, I'd be replacing the head gasket, not the engine.

It's unlikely anyone trying to sell you a $7,000.00 engine based on what you've described is looking out for interests other than their own.

Ask around, friends of friends, find someone trustyworthy. Get a second opinion, a third. It's a LOT cheaper than a new (yeah right) engine. Sorry about the sarcasm, but how would you know that it was new?

Please reply to me with a full list of symptoms, the results of your tests and any other details on whatever you may consider pertinent. This will help me help you.

But my most immediate advice is:
  1. Don't buy this engine
  2. If your car is in their shop, get it out, ASAP.
  3. Get a second impartial opinion.
These may be reputable mechanics, but every warning light in my head is screaming RIP OFF!! Don't let it happen!

I sincerely hope this helps you out.

Mike

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Posted on Sep 05, 2008

husni_g2002
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SOURCE: white smoke coming from the tail pipe

cylinder head valve seals needs to change.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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SOURCE: white smoke on start up on 1998 mazda 626

Hi
Lots of things to check
?Leaking head gasket
Does it use brake fluid
Start engine only fo a few seconds, shut down, remove all spark plugs to see which ones are fouled

Posted on Aug 11, 2009

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SOURCE: white smoke coming from exaust while the car is hesitating

If you have white smoke coming from the cars exhaust this would indicate your engine is getting coolant in to the cylinder(s). This could be a bad head gasket, cracked or warped head. Sorry to say but your engine sounds as if it may need some big $$ work to be done to it. If you have the skills or a friend who does have a compression check done on all of the cylinders to help locate where the issue is at. Another way of check , with the engine cold, remove the radiator cap and start the engine if you see bubble in the radiator fluid this is air being pumped in to your cooling system by a cylinder or two. I wish I could bring you better news but the information you had shared you'll need to make a decision of whats your best course; repair or replace. If your confident you can do this repair over a weekend, otherwise this repair can get pricey.
Best of regards,
Tom

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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