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Smoke comes out of the exhaust

I have a 2000 ford focus and smoke billows out of the exhaust.

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What color is the smoke?
white = coolant (possible head gasket)
Black = fuel (possible leaking injector)
Blue = oil (possible bad rings)

Posted on May 01, 2010

  • Martin West Apr 03, 2013

    Sean is correct.

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