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White smoke from exhaust pipe..

I have white smoke from exhaust it just started and now engine acts like it wants to diet when im idling

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Well white sweet smelling smoke is generally water from the cooling system. Mostly water, that is. The sweet smell comes from the antifreeze/coolant spewing into the air.

Well, a blown head gasket or cracked head gasket would cause this, and other problems.

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It missed upon startup when hot or cold.

Posted on Jul 05, 2010

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White smoke is a sign of coolant being burned in the exhaust.

Posted on Jul 05, 2010

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