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My daughter's 2003 Oldsmobile Alero was blowing white smoke from exhaust. She said that it was a bit sluggish when accelerating. I started it when I got home this evening and it blew white exhaust so I hit the gas hard twice and it stopped. I took it for a spin around the block and no more white exhaust smoke and was not sluggish. Still concerned.

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White smoke is normaly an indication of water entering the combustion chamber of your engine due to a broken head gasket. I am surprised that it stoped but I think that the probelm will come back.

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You need to get the cars ECU (cars main computer brain) scanned for fault codes. The symptoms you are having are often caused by faulty engine sensors. The scan will identify which of these are at fault as these faults are retained within the memory of the ECU. This will give you a definite direction on the problem.

Ideally you should ask the dealer to do it as they have the software specific to your car - however your local Auto Parts store will often do this for you for free with a generic scanner. Many of these sensors are easy to change out yourself if you can identify which one is giving the error.

Hope this helps. Please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.

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