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White smoke comes out of tail pipe and burns at least almost a quart per week, what causes it. Please help

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Usually white smoke all the time indicates a leaking head gasket (leaking coolant in the cylinders), which should be fixed right away because piston rod bearings and crankshaft bearings really don't like antifreeze... Can cause serious engine damage.

In rare cases, white smoke only at cold startup (stops right after startup) is an indication of too much fuel in the combustion chamber

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