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Smoke coming right side hood

My Nissan altima 93 has been getting hot when i stop and cooling down when i go, today for the first time there was white smoke coming from the passenger side. my boyfriend just put coolant in a few days ago and my stepdad checked and he said there wasnt a lot in there. we put water in it and i drove home and no more smoke came out. i have also been noticing a maple syrup smell. what could this possibly be? please dont say head gasket problem!!!

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Have you checked the heater core? You indicate there is a maple syrup smell, is this inside the car our outside? If it is the heater core you may also notice the windshield fogging up on the passenger side and / or the floor being wet.

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Ok --we will not say head gasket problem
what would you like us to say
we can say , have a compression test done to determine if head gasket or cracked head ---but we won't
we could say take it to an accredited radiator shop for a pressure test to find any leaks
we could say to check engine oil for signs of coolant contamination ( grey oil)
it is impossible to say exactly what is a suitable answer

Posted on Jun 25, 2017

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Hi the car would only need to overheat once to blow the head gasket,, it depends on how hot the engine got and how long you carried on driving it, you can boil the oil crack the cylinder head ect,,, check the oil for water mixing with it (common sign of head gasket failure) the oil goes like a milky colour,, but if you have already checked this then still dont rule the head gasket out,,, it can leak the other way water out of the cylinder head,,, check for any signs of dripping water around the cylinder head, white smoke from exhaust pipe ect,,
But the best way to rule it out would be to get a compression test done this wont cost much and give you a definate answer,, If it is the headgasket it aint expensive to buy the parts its the labour that cost as it aint a small job,,, if you have the manual give it a go yourself and remember you can post on here if you get stuck along the way,,
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If there is no loss of Coolant, which is a sign of Head gasket failure to the combustion area, which generates white smoke, I would recommend after 4000 miles of your mileage alone, a complete Service of Engine Oil and filter, AIR filter and Fuel filter.
An inexpensive way to find a recurring combustion problem, At 60k miles, the Spark plugs should still be good, but pull them anyway, just to confirm.
Regards,DT

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