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Smoke and water from tailpipe

I havesmoke and water coming from the tailpipe. the color appears to be white. smoke comes out when car starts, and running. Can anyone help me with this problem?

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That white color is a tell tale sign of a bad head gasket, when the head gasket goes your coolant mixes with your oil and the burns off causing the white smoke. I hate to give bad news but it's not cheap or easy to replace.

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