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White Smoke When we started the van up afrter being sat for 3 day's it started but there were white smoke coming out of the exhurst not sure what it is any idea? we change the oil un done other bit's to it we dont think it's the bottom end we think it's somthing todo with the fule!! we need some hepl and fast has anyone got aclue please help?!!!

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    How is your coolant level ? Usually white smoke is a sign of coolant in exhaust, & or possibility of oil burning. Did you happen to pick up on any odor, while it was burning off perhaps smell of antifreeze, or oil burning? Does it still do it after a run then sitting for a while?



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Sounds like a head gasket to me. If it were a fuel leak you would get black smoke upon start up and then it would probably go away. White smoke is an indicator of burning coolant (you can usually smell it too) Check your oil for coolant mixed in. You can also do wet and dry compression tests to verify this.

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U must have to check on the valve seals cz for white smoke after starting after a long stay it emitts cz it is burning oil deposits from the worn out valve seals or guides

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