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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. If this shold be the case how do i go about repairing this problem?

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    hilary anyaoha Mar 07, 2009

    my acura has v-6 engine and it does not leake coolant. apart from the white smoke,i also noticed oily grease around the exhaust pipe. what could be the cause or is it related to the white smoke problem too?

  • joe May 11, 2010

    do you contantly have to add antifreeze because it gets low?

    any white foam on the inside portion of the oil filler cap?

    broken head gasket means removing the head (and this is a V6 right, so you have to know which head to remove) and replacing the gasket that goes between the head and the engine block. once you know which side to replace, everything on that side covering the head needs to be removed to gain access.



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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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