Question about Saturn Vue
My 2002 saturn vue Oil coming out off the exhaust pipe ,white smoke is also coming from the exhaust.took the oil cap off and on the bottom off the cap there is creame stuff on it,what would be my problem and around how much would it cost me to get fix
White smoke out of exhaust is usually when the motor is burning antifreeze. Blue tinted smoke comes from oil. If you have a head gasket problem there can be quite a combination of problems depending on where the gasket is leaking. You do need a couple of tools to determine.
One is what is called a pressure test. You use a tool that screws into either your radiator if you have a fill cap or the reservoir tank if your radiator does not have a cap. You then pump the system up to 15#'s and determine if the system will hold pressure.
The second test uses a special chemical that sits in a tube in the opening to your radiator system. If exhaust gasses are escaping into your coolant the liquid changes color when it absorbs the CO2.
If the engine is still running well then there is a product that I have used over a dozen times. It is Barr's Leak Head Gasket Repair. Make sure you get the right one. It will have an instruction sheet that pulls away with about 12 steps to follow.
If you decide to use this, do not short cut the steps at all. YOU MUST FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. Example: I had a good friend that also owned a shop and he had a Hyundai that was blowing white smoke. I suggested he try this and he did, but he decided he did not need to do one of the steps and mildly berated me for suggesting it. At my own cost I went and did the job for him following every step. It fixed the problem.
By the way, white smoke is the easiest to fix because in most cases the system is sucking the coolant into the motor and when you use this process it is drawing in the chemical and seals well.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 17, 2014
Sounds like the milkshake. (Blown head gasket)
Stop driving it now before you get stranded.
You have no choice but to replace the head gasket, and that isn't cheap or quick.
With any luck, the head gasket is the only damage.
Sorry for the bad news :( but at least you know what the problem is now.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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what about the piston rings
that could be checked with a compression tester at your dealer
so for the moment course of action would include: compression test
dye to determine where the oil went, if no trace found then it could be assumed was burned; change the catalyctic converter, it went as a direct result of oil in the exhaust system
some remedial/temporary workaround includes installation of an aftermarket oil cooler with its own fan; maintain a lower engine temperature by removing the thermostat (not applicable to cold regions) and wiring the radiator fan to continously work.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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Posted on Jul 28, 2008
It often means that you are burning antifreeze. You asked if it needs antifreeze, have you noticed any leaking out of the reservoir tank while you are running it? Sometimes when the head gasket goes it will produce a passage for the antifreeze to pass from the capillaries into the combustion chamber. It is easy to check if you have an air compressor. Remove one of the rear sparkplugs and the radiator cap. Fill the radiator and then push some air into the sparkplug hole (get a good seal in case a valve is open). Repeat with all the cylinders and watch for air bubbles coming up into the radiator. If bubbles come up or fluid is pumped out, the head gasket is blown and must be replaced. It is more likely to happen at the back of the engine because it is farthest away from the fan and therefore gets less cooling. Also check your oil for discoloration. If it is a brownish color it could mean your oil and antifreeze are mixing and has the potential to damage your bearings
Posted on Jan 29, 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
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