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1989 mustang 2.3 lx

I have a 1989 mustang lx 2.3 liter and sometimes when im driveing my exaust will have a white smoke comeing out of it but not a whole lot just a littel bit and it also has a little bit of water drping out of the tail pipe.

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You may have a leaking head gasket. This is a common site on higher mileage 2.3L engines.

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