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White smoke while driving

My boyfriend's 91 Toyota Celica has twice lost power while he's been driving, and both times it barfed a lot of white smoke. What are possible causes?

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  • Moonshineme Jun 19, 2008

    The starter burned up, we replaced the starter and haven't had any smoke since, but we're still checking the fluids on the car

  • Moonshineme Jun 19, 2008

    The starter burned up, we replaced the starter and haven't had any smoke since, but we're still checking the fluids on the car

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Head gasket is a good possibilty sounds like coolant leaking into the cyclinders, get back to me if thats not the problem

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