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Large amount of white smoke from exhaust and loss of water from the system. No visible leaks.

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  • sajqure Sep 11, 2008

    I was driving up a hill when a cloud of white smoke was thrown out from the exhaust and all power was lost. The car wasnt able to move a few yards up the hill. I shut the engine down and then restarted and when I pushed the accelerator more smoke from the exhaust. what could be the cause of this? which part will be required and what would be approximate cost. would appreciate any assistance. Regards

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My audi ,a6 tdi 2.5 2002 first power was going down ,after i came home try to start engine ,came white smoke into of exhaust , engine work 3 min than engine hasnt turn on.I check oil level ,oil is like cream bronze color , if you can help what i have to do

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Hi Chris Mate,

Wondered if you could help me, I have just swaped my MAF on my audi as i had a bad idle, but not there white smoke comeing out of the back.

More power you put in the more white smoke comes out.

Could you please advice what poblem this could be.

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Ok open your oil cap and see if its creamy inside there
if it is there is water getting into the head
caused by blown head gasket
if not just get back to me and ill find the other soulution

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My car has white smoke coming from the exhaust


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One of the main causes of white exhaust smoke and coolant loss is a cracked or warped cylinder head, a cracked engine block, or head gasket failure caused by overheating. A cracked head may allow coolant to leak into one or more cylinders or into the combustion chamber of the engine. Dirty coolant, a poorly maintained cooling system, a low coolant level, or a non-functioning cooling fan can cause engine overheating. In addition, engine wear can eventually cause the gaskets to lose their capacity to seal properly allowing internal coolant loss. Intake manifold gasket and head gasket failures are two of the most common sources of internal coolant loss caused by engine wear.
Never remove the radiator cap or coolant reservoir cap while the engine is hot or running as it can cause serious injury; always allow the car to cool down completely first. Checking for a low coolant level in the reservoir is the first step in determining if coolant loss is causing the white exhaust smoke. If the coolant reservoir is at the proper level but excessive white exhaust smoke is present, a cooling system pressure check is required to determine where, if any, coolant leaks are located.

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