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03 nissan altima has white steam always coming from the exhaust pipe. car runs and drives good. just dont know while it always steaming like it still winter.

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    Donald Sterbanz Apr 04, 2015

    Hi Anonymous, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
    Is this steam emitted only when you first start the vehicle or all the time(even after the car is warm)?

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Could be oil smoke, it's white with a slight blue tint. If the engine was not properly maintained or abused, the piston rings can wear. Worn piston rings might allow oil from the crankcase to pass into the combustion chamber; there, it will be burned and pushed out the exhaust.

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It sounds normal white smoke comes from moisture in the air as it's burned and the air temprature is different. it creates steam they gray smoke is a little harder to decide what it is, normally gray smoke is related to oil burning and black is over fuel, depending on how many miles it has on it it could have bad valve guide seals but would not worry about it.

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if you have white smoke in your exhaust, you have a blown headgasket, and if you 626 is turbo'd and depending to the tubo is cooled eg antireeze, then coolant could be leaking out that way too. also it would be helpfull to know what the steam is coming from. BUT since you mentioned that is coming from the exhaust, it woud wager that its a blown head gasket. you can veryfi this a number of way. take out your spark plugs one at a time and have a look at them. if a couple look "too clean" or seam to "steam cleaned" compared to the other ones = lack carbon build up etc, then the plug that you took out is the cylinder where the engine coolant is leaking into. also, you can do a compression test = which ever cyclinders are super low = blown gasket is located on that cylinder. PS if you do have a blown head gasket, you should replace your oxygen sensor as well because the glycol in the antifreeze wrecks the O2 sensor.

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