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My car is a 1997 acura 3.5RL. When the car steams,it gives out white smoke from the exhaust pipe. it does too when in motion but as much as when steaming and this has been going on for almost a year now. one parts-seller said i should buy a new engine but i don't believe it's a cause for engine change. I want to know what could be the possible causes and solution.

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This is caused in most cases by a leaking engine cylinder head gasket, or a cracked head or block, a very expensive thing to repair

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My 1997 acura 3.5rl has been giving out white smoke from exhaust pipe for almost a yr now. when i first reported here someone suggested it could be due to a leaking gasket or broken head gasket or block....


it does sound like a head gasket allowing coolant into the cylinders and burning which creates the white smoke. a head gasket is a large job which requires you pull the cylinder head from the top of the engine. auto parts stores sell head gasket kits. you would also need the propper torque specs for the head as well as the sequence for tightening the head bolts.
before you go about replacing or having the head gasket replaced have you been losing coolant. is there any oil in your coolant or coolant in your oil your engine oil will look milky.

as i'm not familiar with an acura is the enginge a v-6 if it is it could also be the intake leaking as most v-6 engines cycle coolant through the intake manifold and can send coolant ito the cylinders if it is leaking.

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