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Is it normal for smoke/steam to come out of the dipstick housing when the engine is warm and running?

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No - this may be the sign of a blown headgasket.

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White smoke is actually normal Susan. It isn't smoke, it is steam.

White is steam
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Oil in coolant resvoir


Not good! The coolant and lubricant in the engine should never come in contact with each other.

Check the oil dipstick - if it is white / foamy white - is indication of coolant entering the crankcase and mixing with the oil. This can happen if the engine block has cracked or head gasket is torn / damaged.

After the engine has been running / warmed up completely (you get full heat from the heater or thermostat indicates in the normal range), look at the tailpipe. There should be no visible "smoke." If you see white "smoke" it is probably coolant in the form of steam / water vapor and confirms the crack / head gasket issue. Low coolant / oil levels can also indicate this.

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when you drive the pressure should increase as the rpm goes up not strange at all for it to drop like that at a light . the pressure can change sometimes using different filters and oils too . normal oil to synthetic or also using a heavier grade so keep that in mind .

The dipstick should not be checked when running and that could be blowby from engine wear . but if checking when it is off and you get some fumes out after it has been running for some time then you have have some carbon buildup in the valve cover / intake . These fumes may not vent properly due to that buildup .

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you have way too much fluid in trans !!!!!!!!!!!! remove trans pan, drain out fluid, replace gasket and filter, put in (4 quarts) fluid. MAYBE ! DONOT OVERFILL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DONOT DRIVE UNTIL YOU DO THIS !!! NOW, START ENGINE, LET IT WARM UP, CHECK FLUID LEVEL, IF ITS TOUCHING THE DIPSTICK TAKE VAN FOR A SHORT RIDE, AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD, (5-10) MINUTES, THEN , WHILE ON THE LEVEL, RECHECK FLUID LEVEL, 3 TIMES, WIPING OFF THE STICK EACH TIME, YOU WANT TO SEE THE FLUID LEVEL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE "HOT" CROSSHATCHED AREA OF DIPSTICK ! IF THATS WHERE IT IS, CONGRADULATE YOURSELF, YOU ACTUALLY DID IT RIGHT !!! LEAVE IT ALONE, GO ON YOUR WAY. NOW, IF YOU NEED TO ADD FLUID, USE YOUR FUNNEL, ADD ONLY A SHOT GLASS @ A TIME ! DO YOU HEAR ME ????? A SHOT GLASS @ A TIME, NO MORE, NO LESS. EVERYTIME YOU PULL DIP STICK OUT, WIPE IT OFF, WIPE IT OFF, WIPE IT OFF !!! MAKE SURE YOU RESEAT STICK ALL THE WAY IN ! REMEMBER, THE ENGINE MUST BE @ NORMAL RUNNING TEMPERATURE, WITH GEAR SHIFT IN PARK, ENGINE RUNNING !





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Water vapor coming out of the exhaust at initial start-up is normal; that is condensation that collects when the engine is not running. White smoke at start-up depends on a couple of things. Tell me, where do you live? When the weather is very cold, all engines will emit steam (white smoke) when they are first running; this stops after the engine has been running a while and is warm.

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