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There is thick white smoke coming from the tailpipe when the car is running.

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  • acrandall240 May 11, 2010

    does it idle rough durring this, and does it go away after the engine warming up? white usually indicates water in the fuel,blue is unburnt fuel, and black being burning oil. there can be different combonations making it tough to diagnose sometimes.

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White smoke would indicate coolant in combustion chamber, Possible leaking head gasket and or cracked cylinder head.

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* White smoke is caused by water and or antifreeze entering the cylinder, and the engine trying to burn it with the fuel. The white smoke is steam. There are special gaskets (head gaskets are the primary gaskets) that keep the antifreeze from entering the cylinder area.
* Blue smoke is caused by engine oil entering the cylinder area and being burned along with the fuel air mixture. As with the white smoke, just a small drop of oil leaking into the cylinder can produce blue smoke out the tailpipe.
* Black smoke is caused by excess fuel that has entered the cylinder area and cannot be burned completely. Another term for excess fuel is "running rich." Poor fuel mileage is also a common complaint when black smoke comes out of the tailpipe. Black smoke out the tailpipe is the least cause for alarm.


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