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If its diesel dont worry,if petrol, not good, piston rings or valves leaking oil into cylinders, cam

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Ask a question. White, blue, black? its most likely steam on this new of a car. nothing to worry about. if blue, its burning oil, blue on start up is leaky valve seals, black on startup is leaky injectors, real white smoke (tons will come out) not steam, is blown head gasket or cracked head/block

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