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I discovered I ran out of coolant after I saw my engine smoking... I put more in and still my engine is still smoking. White smoke. I am wondering why. It does smell like something is burning. Help!!! Is it a hose or is it the engine itself. I just bought the car.

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Sounds like a Head Gasket or Cracked block or Head allowing coolant into the Engine Cylinder. Do a compression check. If you have Compression on 1, 2 or 3 cylinders that is higher than the rest, 20 to 30 lbs higher, it is most likely the head gasket. If you have high compression on 1 cylinder only then you need to look at the motor or head being cracked. If you purchased the vehicle from a dealer in the last 30 to 90 days, take it back to them and make them fix it.

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