Question about 1999 Toyota Camry
Chas is wrong. Black smoke is running rich. Blue smoke is burning oil.
Posted on Apr 11, 2011
If it is grey smoke it sounds like steam which sounds like the cylnder head gasket is bust and needs replaced - if it has overheated then the worse case sceanrio is that the cylnder head may need reground or replaced. If the "smoke" is black then its burnuing oil and the seals are bust - much bigger job and more $'s.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If the smoke is black that your car is burning oil when it starts up. When your engine is hot, metal expands, sealing everything perfectly. When you engine is cold, not everything is sealed 100%. Your issue is probably the piston rings not seating right until the engine warms up. This will get worse over the years as continuous daily wear and tear will continue to wear the rings. Have your piston rings replaced. But don't just take my word for it, go to a dealer and have them diagnose it, if they say the same thing, than that's your issue, right on the money. Dealerships are they way to go, because they may give you a list of things that need to be, but they don't make things up.
Posted on Sep 27, 2009
The likely cause is coolant leaking into the cylinders due to a failed head gasket. You should be losing some coolant and need to top it up so check the level. You will also find that coolant is finding its way into the lubrication system and "contaminating" the oil.
Remove the dip stick to check the oil and if you can see a whitish substance in the oil you have coolant in the lubrication system which is is leaking through the failed head gasket.
You may also see traces of oil in the vehicles cooling system so look there also.
The only fix for this problem, once properly diagnosed, is to have the head removed from the engine and a new head gasket fitted. The head would also need to be checked carefully in case of cracking and in any event would most likely need to be machined by a head specialist before being refitted.
The `cause of the failure is unknown but if the vehicle has ever been operated with an overheated engine (due to problems with the cooling system) this is enough to blow the head gasket and to potentially damage the head on the engine.
Not good news I'm afraid so please get it checked out and properly diagnosed with a reputable auto repair business.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
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