Power streering leak, smoke under hood for 1996 Geo Prizm
So I have a pretty bad power streering leak with my 96 Geo Prizm. It has about 188,000 miles on it and is getting quite old. The car has a power streering leak, and I'm sure I can fix that soon. My question has to do specifically with the smoke. If I drive my car even very little, smoke will emit from under the hood. If I drive for long periods of time(over 50 miles in a day), the power streering leak get worse, and more smoke is emitted from unter the hood. the smoke seems to be coming from the engine, below the engine, or maybe underneath it. Could the leak have any corralation between the smoking of the car?
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Yes , power steering fluid will smoke if it gets on a hot engine, especially on any part of the exhaust system. Barring anything else wrong with the engine such as a coolant leak, and the engine running OK otherwise, I would say that the smoke is from power steering fluid dripping or getting blown on the exhaust by the fan.
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no idea what that means.?????? yes PCV valve. do clog.
white smoke at end if tail pipe. you didnt say where,?
white smoke has 2 reasons.(tail end) Steam and oil. steam goes away fast and looks just like moms tea pot. and smells sweet, like the antifreeze in engine. (rad cap off ,sniff sniff, cold engine)
oil burning, smoke is very very slow to go away. and smells like , blush burned oil. if not sure what burn oil looks like or smells like take out the dip stick on a hot engine let it drip to the hot exhaust manifold there. now you know. and is a key diagnostic skill.
no oil seen on dip stick end?, you mean that? well you need to keep that from happening, doing weekly service, and for sure old cars. 26 years old.
low oil invites blowing up a good engine. for sure. if it did that smoke is oil if it did 10x worse, both .
my wild guess is you meant to say I didnt see oil leaking on top of engine. right?
if the engine backwires to the air cleaner you forgot to replace the cam belt every 60k miles the pcv will also be clogged, on cars not getting proper service, super colon. if the PCV clogs,engine may leak oil bad.
this engine btw is a G10 3 cylinder. with TBI injection. we can talk TBI all day, owned one.
white smoke can come from many places exhaust manifold, leaks of oil can land there engine can back fire to air cleaner making smoke. tail end. steam is much worse. ill not delve in to that yet/.
If you have been loosing fluid for some time, and running the car with low fluid in the power steering pump, then the pump is most likely worn and causing your noise. Do you know where your leak is? You might need just a power steering hose, but no matter what, your power steering pump is the most likely cause of your noise!
Where is the gas leak? At the back of the car, under the hood, or??? It could be a rusted gas line, a rusted gas tank, etc. You need to do some detective work to determine where the leak is. Do not park the car inside a garage. Fumes can build up and explode when starting the car or just turning on a light in the garage. Be careful not to cause a spark, or allow anyone to smoke nearby until you fix it.