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If there is a consent white smoke coming out your pipe what that mean, but no nosie from the engine it self, I have a 95 saturn

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There are a few indications of your engines running condition.
water dripping from the tailpipe (depends on how much) can always be an indication of blown read gasket.
white smoke is usually an indication of the vehicle burning rich, or with too much fuel.
dark colored smoke is usually an indication of the vehicle burning oil, leaking down into the cylinder heads.

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