Question about Chevrolet Cavalier
I like toknow because this guy is trying to sell his car to me for 500
Can you tell if the smoke smells like oil? If it does, and it does not clear up after running for about 10 to 15 minutes, then it could have serious internal oil leaks and bad gaskets, rings or other seals that can be very difficult and expensive to fix.
If it doesn't smell like oil near the car, then it could just be water turning into steam in the exhaust. Even then, if a coolan leak inside of the engine is causing it, then it could be a problem, or could be as simple as water getting into the gas from sitting a long time.
Persoanly, just because there are too many things that could be wrong with it and because Cavaliers do not hold their value very well, I would not risk $500 on it if it's more than 6 or 7 years old in any case.
Posted on Oct 15, 2013
Sounds like a possible air flow restriction or possible dirty throttle body....causing rich burn exhaust. ( white smoke ? ).
Posted on Oct 15, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
White smoke is caused by coolant or water coming out the tail pipe. There is a chance that the white smoke was caused by water splashing up from a puddle onto the exhaust pipe. Keep an eye on the coolant level in the radiator in any event.
Let us know how it goes or if the problem persists. We're looking forward to how things go for you.
Posted on Jun 16, 2008
Check the fuel pressure regulator. It should have a vacuum line attached to it - disconnect the vacuum line and turn the ignition on - if fuel come out then that's your problem. DON"T do this while the engine is hot or you could start a fire!
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
This is usually an indication of a bad head gasket.I gasket. The white smoke is the coolant leaking out of the engine and winding up in the oil passages, due to a bad head gasket. To confirm this,
1. check oil. Is level increased, or milky appearance?
2. Is coolant level dropping, but u don't see any signs of leaks?
The above indicates a bad head gasket, causing the white smoke u describe. Let me know how u make out.
Posted on Jan 03, 2009
I would think this will be a blown turbo.
These are fed by a small oil pipe and if the unit overheats (due to wear) - this oil fill feed directly into either the inlet manifold - or the outlet - exhaust.
If it is spilling oil into the hot exhaust - you will get a thick white fog. You can confirm this by placing a clear glass bottle or jar in the exhaust stream - and see if it gets a thick coating of oil on it. If it evaporates - it's water, if not - or feels oily - new turbo or overhaul.
Best get is sortd sooner rather than later - as you may be able to save most of it for an overhaul rather than scrap it if badly worn.
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
The most likely cause is a blown head gasket,but it could also be a warped head,was the motor overheated prior to the problem starting? The white smoke is steam,check the underside of the oil fill cap and dipstick for a grayish brown residue,check the coolant for a low level and oil conatamination,either of these conditions verify that a head isn't fully sealed.Unless your moderately skilled mechanically this a job to be done by a shop.A good shop will perform a leakdown test to verify this.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
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