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My 2002 protege with a 2.0 litre engine burns white but it does not smell like antifreeze

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Water leak , blow head gasket

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White SWEET smelling smoke, or white OILY smelling smoke? If it's white thick SWEET smelling smoke, you have a blown head gasket - that's the smell of antifreeze burning in the engine, which it should NEVER do. If it's white OILY smelling smoke (smells a lot like diesel), then you're getting too much fuel into the cylinders.

If it's sweet-smelling smoke (antifreeze), pull the oil dipstick & check the oil level. If the oil level is HIGH and the oil looks like a mocha milkshake, that's absolutely conclusive - that's what happens when antifreeze gets into your oil, and it's nasty corrosive to engine parts.

I'm not at all surprised that the oil light is on if it won't start - you won't get much oil pressure until the engine is running.

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Check to ensure you do not have oil dripping on the exhaust pipe. You will see discoloration from oil burning off. How can you tell it is white smoke by the smell? White vapor is usually water perhaps you have an antifreeze leak. Check your brakes, they can heat up and smell funny. I am sure you have checked the belts by now.

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There is white smoke coming out the tailpipe no smell of antifreeze


If it doesn't smell like sweet then you most likely got a bad tank of gas. Just to be safe keep an eye on your engine temp. and coolant levels.

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2. Look for antifreeze leaks, inspect the radiator, water pump and hoses. 3. If there are no leaks, and the above steps don't correct the problem, you might have a blown head gasket.

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You should resolve this as it will cause over heating as the system can not properly pressurize and reduced coolant level.

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