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Have a 3.0 liter v6 engine and white smoke and antifreeze coming out of the exhaust pipe,head gaskets or something ?

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Sounds like a head gasket to me, check the oil and see if there are any signs of water contamination ( milky looking oil -- but this is not always the case ). if the gasket failed between the water jacket and the cylinder then you will just get the ' white smoke '( steam ) coming from the exhaust pipe,, do not run the truck until this is fixed as this can also cause cylinder and rod damage.

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