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I own a 1997 Saturn SL1 I recently bought less than a month ago. I picked it up for $800 and It has been running fine until today. I drove it to school about 5-7 highway miles from my house and parked it for a couple hours. After class I went to jiffy lube to get an oil change. It was going to take 30-45 minutes so I sat in my car and let it idle for about 30 min because it was cold outside. I didn't end up getting my oil changed even because I had to get back to school for my next class. When I started to leave, I instantly noticed heavy white smoke coming from the exhaust pipe out the back and I didn;t go far before pulling over to inspect it. I turned to car off and checked my dipstick fearing it was a gasket leak and my oil was in fact milk chocolate. The engine had not overheated at all, and I was a few blocks from school so I drove back and went to class. After class I returned to my car and decided to drive home; maybe not a great idea but I can't afford to tow it. It smoke a little but stopped smoking pretty quick. I got it home and again checked the oil and it is now almost gone. I have it parked and will not be driving it until I find out what is wrong so I can assess the problem; any ideas guys?

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NORMALLY THAT IS A SYMPTOM OF A BAD HEAD GASKET, IF SO, IT MAY BE EXPENSIVE TO FIX.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010

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