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Its blowing white smoke from exhaust

My 2000 dodge interpid is blowing really thick smoke from the exhaust. what should i do to resole this problem?

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If the smoke is white in color, has a sweet scent and deposits moisture (face the palm of your hand about 3 inches back from the exhaust tip with the engine running for a few seconds then check your hand for moisture) then you are burning coolant. If it is being burned and exiting out the exhaust, you more than likely have a head gasket leak so be cautious of the engine temperature because the car will possibly overheat. If you look closely at the smoke and if it has a blue tint in the white then you are burning oil which could be leaking from the piston rings. Further inspection would be necessary in both cases. It is very important to correct either issue immediately due to the severity of the possible outcomes that can destroy the engine and leave you stranded and car less to name a few.

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Sounds like you blew a headgasket. When this happens water can mix with oil and it makes the oil look white and foamy when you look into the oil fill cap. Another version is oil mixes into the water and gets into your radiator, this makes the same thick white mess and both versions would have to be thoroughly flushed depending on which got into the other. You could of also just blew the gasket between a water or oil jacket and a piston cylinder. This will cause the fluids to pump into your cylinder, heated and then be forced out the exhaust pipe. If water is mixed with this it will billow out white smoke(steam) in huge amounts. I would check your water levels and oil levels very quickly to make sure it does not empty those systems out and burn your motor up.
The last item is the worst outcome. If a crack somehow was created in the engine block or the head of the motor, the same thing could happen as it exited out the exhaust pipe. Though this is the worst case of really thick white smoke out exhaust.
Resolve: time for a mechanic to diagnose this one before it stops running completely.

Posted on May 12, 2010

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