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When car begins to mist what does it mean - 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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  • kev_et68 Sep 30, 2010

    Is that steam from the exhaust pipe? If so you could have acracked cylender head or blown head gasket

  • kev_et68 Sep 30, 2010

    Is that steam from the exhaust pipe? If so you could have acracked cylender head or blown head gasket

  • Donald Britton
    Donald Britton Sep 30, 2010

    describe mist. do youmean steam inside the car?



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It means the car is becoming very sad as it ages, dreaming of past days and owners. Or maybe there is a tiny hole in the heater core and hot coolant is leaking out mixing with the air being blown into the car by the heating and cooling system.

Frankly I would go with the sad car theory. Try to get it some anti-depression meds.

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