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The engine smoke from tailpipe - 1988 Chevrolet Suburban

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  • carhob May 11, 2010

    but,is there a question to this!

  • Brian Anderson May 11, 2010

    Is it all the time or only when idling? Is the smoke blue or white? If blue then smoke, if white then antifreeze. Does it use oil or antifreeze?

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    worn piston rings

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