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Suspect cracked engine block or possibly head. This is a major repair.

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We just purchased a 2003 Impala and have only driven approimately 400 miles. It had 91890 miles at purchase. We now have 92200 miles and the check engine light came on. We checked the coolant and level...

Did you smell the oil? Make sure it does not smell like anti freeze. Also check under the car for leaks. Check floor mat could be heater core. Also check the hose that goes from the resivoir to the radiator. Have the code read at an autoparts store it is probably emission related

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Any time there is white smoke coming out of your car's exhaust system, it is an indication of a leak. but a leak that is allowing either oil, coolant, or transmission fluid to get into the cylinders. The smoke is from the leaking substance not getting completely burned off like the air and fuel mixture does under normal operating conditions. pull the oil dipstick and see if you have traces of coolant in oil. if so you have either a bad manifold gasket or a head gasket went bad. good-day !

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Oil light came on then we added some oil and then that night while driving the battery light and oil light came on and the car stalled at a stop sign. the car has been sitting now for a week and it looks...

The oil warning light doe not mean 'Add oil,' it means there is essentially no oil pressure, a deadly condition if it isn't caused by a failed oil pressure sensor.
That warning light should never have to come on during operation if the oil level is checked now and then.
If there is visible oil in the coolant, you have a seriously blown head gasket. Check your oil dipstick; it may have a milky substance on it caused the mixing of coolant with the oil.

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I have a toyota camry 2003 if i let it set for a

What color is the smoke ?
Greyish means coolant is leaking into cylinders( Bad Head gasket)
Bluish means oil is leaking into the cylinders
Black means car is running rich.
If greyish look at coolant resivoir for traces of oil ( usually milky kind of substance) could be tranny fluid or motor oil mixing with coolant depending on whether the vehicle is an automatic and if so is the ATF cooler leaking.
keep me posted Good Luck

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A common problem with overheating that get's overlooked, is a sticking thermostat. As inexpensive as it is, and as easy as it is to replace, I would strongly suggest replacing it. An overheated engine could be catastrophic and a huge expense. I hope your problem is resolved...

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Lexus ES300 White smoke out the exhaust no milky substance in oil

It could be the intake gaskets or even still the head gasket. How about the coolant ? Did you refill with same type coolant ? Have you noticed if it's thick and gooey ? mixing coolants will sometimes produce a thick gooey coolant that clogs up the cooling system. If the car ran hot it could also be a cracked head or block. Warped heads also. Somehow the coolant seems to be getting into the cylinder(s).

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There is grease like stuff in the raditator of my car. It is not

this could be due to poor maintanence -the coolant in there just broke down. I am willing to bet your coolant bottle is almost a black color, and not opaque like it should be - - I have the same car and noticed this substance when I changed the thermostat - I just flushed the entire cooling system and refilled it with new coolant.

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My truck blows white smoke

There are two differnt reasons for black and white smoke coming from the tail pipe.
Black smoke means fuel runs rich (car getting to much gas). Check fuel pressure/air filter.
In some cases the white smoke means car is burning oil or transmittion fluid. Have tem checked/replaced.
If you can feel a smelly smoke it can be catalytic converter.
In a worsest scenario if car blowing white smoke it can be engine coolant is getting into an engine cylinder from a bad head gasket ,or a warped/cracked head. So you need to keep your eye on coolant level and check your engine for overheat. Also might be good to check your oil for traces of coolant (on a dipstick it would be a milky substance mixture of oil and coolant).
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