Just bought a 1985 Dodge Ram 50 Sport. The car was very poorly maintained and the oil, coolant, fuel filter, and air filter were all filthy. Anyway i replaced all those things but there is a problem. In the morning the car will start up, idle low, spurt out some white smoke, go halfway down the street and stall. I can then start it back up pump the fuel and get off to a very rocky start. Eventually the car will run fine. Aside from the air pipe assembly attached to the secondary air supply system being rusted through I am not aware of any problems. Any idea what it could be or where there might be a forum for these vehicles? Thanks very much
If it is white smoke the entire time it is running it is probably a blown head gasket letting water/anti freeze pass into your exhaust. Also check your exhaust pipe and make sure it is not partially plugged, the moisture created in the exhaust during cold starts can build up into alot of water and cause the excessive condensation, (white Smoke), and can also cause the engine to build to much back pressure and cause the engine to stall.
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Re: 1985 Dodge Ram 50 Sport - white smoke
The white smoke is oil smoke,check your valve stem seals,if they are bad it will smoke till it burns the oil that leaked by when it was sitting.as far as it stalling in the morning check your choke it may need adjusting.
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What color smoke? Black is emissions related, blue/black your burning oil and white your burning anti-freeze. With the "skip" your REF to, you probably have a bad spark plug, wire, or bad cylinder and burning some oil or coolant. CK plugs , wires & do a compression test. Pressure test Radiator for head gasket leak.
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Smoke diagnostic is made by colour. If u mean pistons head gasket,yes,it can smoke. White (clear) water vapor.Ceck coolant level.Ceck engine oil colour by dipstick.
Black:runs rech on fuel (fuel filter/fuel lines/fuel mixture...) Blue (whity):worn pistons rings.
Chears. Tips: Whity smoke before warming may be natural on cilli mornings with lot of compressure the engines just blows vapors. Old oil/fuel residues in the exhaust tubing may blow smoke after heating the engine ,must track problem (...). Black smoke on hitting the acceleration to the floor may be natural (overcharged) avoid sport driving style.
oil too low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! have some change your oil & filter immediately !!! drain radiator & coolant reservoir , refill w/ fresh 50/50 coolant , white smoke is not exactly a good thing ! it could mean coolant is mixing w/ oil , because of a possible leak from a bad gasket either from intake manifold or head gasket !!! water pump would not cause this ! I would bet on a gasket leak given the age of the car . 2000 ! 13 years old, how was it maintained, intake gaskets are cheaply made, head gaskets are made well ! so, my bet, goes to the intake manifold gasket !!!!!!good luck kristle !
The first thing to do is to start monitoring the coolant level.
This will rule out the possible of headgasket coolant passage pin hole leak.
Headgasket can go at 170,000 miles+
Less if your truck is doing a lot of hauling.
Have you try Amsoil diesel treatment?
It work well for me.
I will ran the tank below 1/4 and fill up on NON
Use Chevon diesel until you get the problem figure out.
Water can come in three way
air condensation in the morning