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I have white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe. What could be causing this?It has happened right when I start the truck. It doesn't happen every time though. Can you help?

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Usually this occurs after the engine sets not running and some oil gets into the combustion chamber of the engine. You start it and it immediately burns off the oil. If this is what is happening you need to keep an eye on oil level. If you are low then it may confirm what i said. water will also burn white this usually keeps happening as the motor runs. how many miles are on the vehicle? higher mileage engines will do this due to wear. some types of oils or additives try to help with this problem. if this helps please reply
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Water and/or antifreeze coolant getting into the cylinders, and trying to be burned along with the fuel. Observe coolant level and reservoir. Check oil dipstick and/or underneath of the oil cap to see if coolant is getting in the oil, (frothy tan/brown liquid). If it is, DO NOT continue to use vehicle. Head gasket could be blown. Hope this is helpful.

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White smoke is caused from moisture/ water getting into your cylinders. pull your oil cap off and look and see if there is a milky looking color on the cap or down the tube, also look in you engine coolant tank and see if the coolant is muddy colored. if either of the 2 is present or both, you have a bad head gasket. does the motor ever make a whistle, especially when accelerating?

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This is caused by oil leaking into the cylinders from the valve guide seals most likely, unless u are using allot of oil it is not reall worth fixing,

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If only on start up thats the moisture in the exhaust pipes and muffler burning off--- when warmed up no moisture left no vapor--if heavy white cloud and truck running rough or loss of coolant and oil looks like chocolate milk than thats usually head gasket problem

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