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White smoke, uneven idling and no power!

The car was caught in a flood about a year ago. Was running well before that. Now the idling is uneven almost like a piston is dead and it also smokes at start-up and continues to smoke. The car has no power on the road.

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You are going to have to Get that Engine Rebuilt. Once you get water inside through the Tailpipe and So on The only thing that you can do is Rebuild. The BAD news is, You will also have other Problems Pop up later on like the Computer, Brakes, Transmission, ETC..........

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U have a blown/leaking engine cylinder head gasket, this will require the engine to be torn down for replacement.

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Will only stay running on revs over 2000rpm if I take foot of peddle it cuts out also white smoke from exhaust

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Are you losing coolant? The white smoke may be coolant in the combustion cylinder, possibly caused by a head gasket problem. If head gasket problem, fix that first.

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My 2003 diesel prado gives off a heavy puff of white smoke smelling of diesel when I start it cold, the engine also have a uneven idle for the first few seconds.

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Blown head gasket. Pull the spark plugs. The cleanest one is where it is blowing or sucking coolant. Sorry. White is water/coolant. black is gas. bluish is oil.

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no year, ?

try a new spark plug e and then if wires to spark plug , replace that too. and cap and rotor if it has that....?????

then when spark is good, check compression with any $20 gauge.

no year, i give up.

1976 accord? surely ive no clue.

smoke has 3 colors, (my rules not ASE)

1 black fuel (flooding etc) can seem gray but is black .

2: white and lingers., oil burning , bad. news.

3: white and fades fast, is STEAM, like moms tea pot, look next time..

smell white smoke, smells sweet, its toxic antifreeze.

smells like oil dripped on an hot exhaust? that is the smell of oil burning

smoke where, under front of car, or at the end of the tail pipe. ?????????????

how you like my smoke rules, even mom can figure it out.

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I have a 2001 opel corsa 1.7diesel bakkie and have a problem that at times when you accelerate especially in traffic it starts with an uneven idle - feels like it is running on 3 cylinders. When pulling...

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CEL blinking smoke coming from exhaust, rough idle

White smoke is indicative of burning coolant. Gray smoke is burning oil.

Have a compression test done which will often give an indication of evolving head gasket problems. If the coolant level is going down, and there's no obvious leak, its a head gasket.

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Car idles and runs rough intermittently after engne is warm.

it could be plugs and or high tention leads, causing missfire best way to check these is better at night open the hood of the car, run engine and see if you are getting a loose spark, that will be your high tention leads it could also be that when they get hot, they expand and start reducing the power of the spark to the plugs if you find that these will need replacing, to test spark plugs, get a pair of pliers and preff a pair of rubber gloves, pull the leads off each plug one at a time, if there is no change on one you pull of, that plug needs replacing, continue till you have checked all of them, hope this helps

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White smoke from tailpipe, running poorly.

Blown head gasket for sure if its a petrol engine.

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Update on my problem to audi a4 1.8 1996

The MAF has been a source of trouble for Audi such that the cost of replacement was halved a few years ago.

I am not sure why replacing the MAF would produce white smoke - white smoke being symptomatic of steam from water or coolant ingress into the cylinders or extreme amounts of fuel entering the cylinders. The latter is almost exclusively a diesel problem.

Generally if the MAF is suspected of being the cause of rough running then disconnecting it will cause the engine management to switch to the get-you-home programme. If the engine runs better the MAF is probably faulty..

As a matter of interest, it is necessary when changing parts on Audi that only the correct parts are used. Not only must they look right and be intended for that year and model but the part numbers should also be correct. A couple of digits out isn't close enough...

I am not sure where the idle thingy is on your Audi - the earlier models used a throttle body with the idle/throttle sensor and idle control all integrated in one very expensive lump and that is how I discovered the importance of correct part numbers.
In order to save my customer from scrapping what was otherwise a good car, I took a can-opener to the throttle body and opened it and found two broken wires and mananged to repair them. I needed to do some tricky welding to put it back together. The car went on for another seven years afterwards...

The car made no white smoke prior to the repair but the idle was very erratic...

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