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My car starts to give out a grayie white smoke from the back end from the time i start the car untill the time i turn the engine off can someone please help me

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    my car starts to give out a grayie white smoke from the back end from the time i start the car untill the time i turn the engine off can someone please help me

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Sounds to me like the cylinder head gasket has gone or even worse the cylinder head has cracked. check your oil to see if its turning creamy, seek the help of a garage ASAP

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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    Andy Bathgate Oct 25, 2008

    i forgot to add keep a close eye on the water level in the radiator

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