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My Nissan outlaw just died in a cloud of white smoke. It is getting no fuel to the engine according to my husband who wondered if it was the fuel pump or an electronic problem?

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White smoke is an indicator of water being burnt so Perhaps the head blew of your radiator has a big hole , water pump leaking , rad hoses blew, heater hose blew .

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