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What can cause a toyota camry 2004 to smoke when

Sometimes when I crank up my toyota camry 2004 smoke comes out of the exhaust at times.

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If the smoke is black that your car is burning oil when it starts up. When your engine is hot, metal expands, sealing everything perfectly. When you engine is cold, not everything is sealed 100%. Your issue is probably the piston rings not seating right until the engine warms up. This will get worse over the years as continuous daily wear and tear will continue to wear the rings. Have your piston rings replaced. But don't just take my word for it, go to a dealer and have them diagnose it, if they say the same thing, than that's your issue, right on the money. Dealerships are they way to go, because they may give you a list of things that need to be, but they don't make things up.

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If it smokes for a few seconds when you first start it, it is likely the valve guides. Older camry's are notorious for leaking guides. I wouldn't worry about it unless it really bothers you as it is likely a costly repair.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

  • MSPATTERSON3 Jul 14, 2010

    BLACK SMOKE IS UNBURNED FUEL NOT OIL. OIL SMOKE IS A BLUE IN COLOR

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