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Hi i have 98 camry it blow white smoke not only on 1st start, but only sometimes.driving up hill and it is rattling and blow white smoke and the car have not enough power.pls any help suuggestion is very much appreciated

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  • ninotumanda Dec 30, 2010

    yes i always check those things and theirs no signs of oil in the coolant cap,no signs of water or coolant in engine oil cap ,dipstick. so thats why makes me confused wher the oil gone?no visible leak..tnx


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Check your oil with dipstick see if water in oil also remove oil fill cap of tappet cover and see if any water is there if so you have blown head gasket or cracked head

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  • james_cockbu Dec 30, 2010

    so you are saying your car is leaking oil or using oil how quick does it use the oil like a litre a week or more?

  • james_cockbu Dec 30, 2010

    if your car runs start it up then wait for it to get to operating temp and when it does check for bubbles in radiator then you have blown head gasket

  • ninotumanda Dec 30, 2010

    ok i will do it 2morro,about oil maybe more than a liter a week goin to refill.thnx for ur help and suggestion it helps a lot.

  • james_cockbu Dec 31, 2010

    if you need valve stem seals replaced now days you can do it without the removal of the head with a tool made to screw into where the spark plug goes that connects to an air compressor. the commpessor air holds the valves up against the head. you also need an overhead valve spring compresser most mechanics should now how to do it this way. i have changed several like this on toyotas holdens fords.


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Sounds to me like the head gasket is blown, but there may be sealant in the system which is making it intermittently leak antifreeze into the cylinders.

A bad cylinder head gasket will also cause a compromise in compression, which will cause a lack of power.

Time to overhaul or replace the engine's head gasket, or replace the engine with one that doesn't have a blown head gasket.

Good luck on this repair.

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  • ninotumanda Dec 30, 2010

    some of backyard mechanic told me it was valve stem seals are need to much would money need to fix head gasket?ive check the coolant their is no oil on it and same with engine oil cap.

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    Duane Wong Dec 30, 2010

    A head gasket can break in a way that it just lets coolant into the cylinders and doesn't break in a way that it lets coolant into the oil.

    The passageways of the coolant are close to the cylinders and any crack can cause a small amount of coolant to get into the cylinder(s) causing white smoke.

    Now, blue tinged smoke which sometimes looks white, is a sign of oil leakage at the seals or rings or both.

    If the valve stem seals need to be replaced, the head will have to be pulled. Years ago on a 1979 Honda I think it would have been about $300 in labor to do the task. But, nowadays I think it's closer to $900 to $1000 or so for labor.

    It might be less expensive to find another known good engine and replacing the engine with that one, if you have a good guaranteed source.

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    Duane Wong Dec 30, 2010

    If you burn more than 1 quart of oil per thousand miles, the oil is probably burning excessively.
    If the coolant level slowly goes down in the overflow tank over the course of a week, then it's probably a slow coolant leak.

    Sometimes on older engines, the engines consume both oil and coolant signalling it's time for service.


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