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Car problem I am having a slight issue/car problem and would like peoples thoughts on what could be wrong. Story of the Problem: 03 rav4 was being driven on the highway when all a sudden the hood started smoking with white smoke( which I thought was related to an oil problem) pulled over on side the highway had to have the car towed since it wouldn't start come to find out the Alternator belt broke off. When car was towed and parked I replaced the belt all rotates just fine but it still wont click over to start so bought a new car battery thinking that could of been the issue and still didn't click over to start so just all fluids in the car come find out the oil was bone dry so added oil to the car and still won't click over so went thru all the fuses found a few that needed to be replaced for the ignition fuse figured that might have been the problem nope still didn't click over, so then checked the fuel pump & spark plugs all working just fine and unsure what the hell is wrong with the car

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It sounds like your belt broke which not only ran the alternator, but also the waterpump. When the waterpump quit the engine got hot and siezed, I am sure that not having any oil helped the already dismal situation of your motor. I am confident that if you were to put a wrench on the front of the main engine pully that is attached to the crank shaft that it would not be willing to move. In short I would say it is time for a new engine.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013


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You changed 6 coils, but you didn't change spark plugs? The new coils give strong spark to burn off resisdues from your old plugs plus what ever left inside the combustion due to bad old coils causing smoke and bad ordor. Change all new spark plugs so you can have good ignition to burn off all junks inside combustion chambers. Smokes are at the beginning, but it will go away after less than 10 minutes.
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For the smoke to occur in the engine compartment it has to be something that occurred external to the engine or an external leak from the engine. White smoke would have been steam and suggest a blown gasket that allowed water to exit the engine. Assuming it was not something that burned it would point to a leakage of oil or perhaps a belt. Two things I would check are the belts and the engine compression. An external oil leak on a hot engine could have made the black smoke and may not show up when the engine is cool. If it is an oil leak you may be able to find out where by putting some paper under the engine and turning the engine over enough to create a drip on the paper.

Also try to remember if you smelled anything when the problem occurred.

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Check for spark and fuel. When you turn the key on you should hear the fuel pump in the tank for a few seconds till the pressure builds up. When you crank the engine there should be spark at the plugs.

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