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I have a 2001 Stratus 3.0 ,V6,it starts to smoke after 10/15 minutes. The smoke it disappears into the air,could that be a sign of the head gasket going bad`

This happens whenever I'm in the stopped position either

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White or grey smoke

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  • ray gallant Dec 13, 2016

    that would be antifreeze and suspect head gasket

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