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1997 Oldsmobile Silhouette. White smoke out of tailpipe ,running rough and service engine soon sensor flashing. I shut it off now it won't turn over. I don't have a clue what it could be! Do you possibly know what it is and or how to look and fix?

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White smoke is a water problem ,its getitng into the pistons and it could be a head gasket or a inlet manifold gasket ,maybe even a cracked head ,1997 ?' best advice is to buy a newer vehicle and call the scrapyard to take this one away ,it will be cheaper in the long run

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Sounds to me like the head gasket needs replacing,it's letting water in the engine and causing steam to come out of the exhaust pipe. check the water level,,,,,,,

Posted on Nov 29, 2012

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white smoke is antifreeze try checking the compression

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Have you taken a spark plug out yet? You may have fowled them out. if they are not clean and have a whitish tone to them, then they need to be replaced.

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I had the same problem with my '87 Buick LeSabre 2 years ago. But it didn't seem to fit right, the car was running fine up until it just didn't. I had 3 professional mechanics swear it was a blown head gasket. I researched thoroughly and found out this particular engine make has a DEFECTIVE upper intake manifold which can break down and cause coolant to leak into oil, simulating a blown head gasket. The NHTSA had issued a recal on SEVERAL GM cars with this engine, EXCEPT for the '97. I filed a complaint with the ODI and as of today it is now COVERED as a "Defect & Recall". NHTSA ID number 96V116000. This MAY be your problem if it is NOT the "usual" blown head gasket. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: running rough, no power misfiring

i had that problem once. when i got under half a tank of gas in the tank. What i did was i dumped one bottle of gas line deicer in the tank and i have never had it agian. you may have some water in the tank. from condasation or i have a stong feeling i got my water from the gas station. i was using the same station all the time. so i tryed another gas station and so far no more rough idleing which was caused by the water i think and i am getting better fuel milage to. i hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Blowing smoke out tailpipes,white to light grey,

your piston ring could be goin bad

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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If the rings are bad your car would have felt like it was losing power because the engine will no longer have the same high compression that it's required to turn the wheels. You may have heard your engine knocking or seen a light blue colored smoke coming from your exhaust as a result of your engine burning up oil in the combustion chamber from the rings leaking.
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Black smoke is caused by excess fuel that has entered the cylinder area and cannot be burned completely. Another term for excess fuel is "running rich." Poor fuel mileage is also a common complaint when black smoke comes out of the tailpipe. Black smoke out the tailpipe is the least cause for alarm. Excess fuel will usually effect engine performance, reduce fuel economy, and produce a fuel odor.

How did the fuel get into the cylinder in the first place? Some of the causes of excess fuel are a carburetor that is out of adjustment, a faulty fuel pump, a leaky fuel injector, or a faulty engine computer or computer sensor. If black smoke is present, check the engine oil as in the white smoke example to make sure excess fuel has not contaminated it. Do not start the engine if a heavy, raw fuel smell can be detected in the engine oil. Call your mechanic and advise him of what you have found.

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Antifreeze in the motor wut do i do?


It's normal for the check engine light to be on when the car's engine is not running. If the car is turning over but won't start under its own power, then there maybe another problem unrelated to antifreeze being low in level. Did you ever notice white smoke coming from the tailpipe indicating a head gasket leak? If so, then the antifreeze is likely coming out of the tailpipe when running, or there is a slow leak in something say like the water pump gasket or shaft. It's a good idea to check what codes are tripped using an obd-II scanner to point you in the right direction. Good luck on this repair.

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