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My car has white smoke coming from the exhaust


he causes of white exhaust smoke can vary; however, it is common to see white exhaust smoke when first starting a car, especially on cooler days. This is generally steam caused by condensation. As the engine warms up and the condensation dissipates the white exhaust smoke (steam) is no longer seen. If excessive white exhaust smoke is present well after the engine warms up, it is necessary to have the car inspected for possible internal coolant leaks. Indicators of an internal coolant leak include billowing white exhaust smoke accompanied by a sweet odor or a low coolant reservoir level. An internal coolant leak can also contaminate the engine oil giving it a frothy, milky appearance. Even small amounts of coolant entering the combustion chamber will produce white exhaust smoke.
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.

Nov 17, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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My 1998 Mazda millenia Is shorting white smoke more tell pipe what could be the problem


It is common to see white exhaust smoke when first starting a car, especially on cooler days. This is generally steam caused by condensation. As the engine warms up and the condensation dissipates the white exhaust smoke (steam) is no longer seen. If excessive white exhaust smoke is present well after the engine warms up, it is necessary to have the car inspected for possible internal coolant leaks. Indicators of an internal coolant leak include billowing white exhaust smoke accompanied by a sweet odor or a low coolant reservoir level. An internal coolant leak can also contaminate the engine oil giving it a frothy, milky appearance. Even small amounts of coolant entering the combustion chamber will produce white exhaust smoke. 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. THESE LEAKS WILL CAUSE SEVERE ENGINE DAMAGE! Have the car inspected immediately.

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Jul 30, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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What damage can be caused to a vehicle engine overheats


Hi Anonymous,
It probably depends how far you drove after the car overheated. It is extremely bad news to drive an overheated car.
Typically the head gasket (between the cylinder head and the engine block) will warp when the coolant goes dry and the engine overheats. And then it leaks - both on the outside of the engine block and with big white smoke out the tailpipe.
Replacing the head gasket is doable but expensive.
But if you don't see any leaks on the block or white smoke you may have dodged a bullet.
Hope this helps,
Bud

Jul 15, 2014 | Mazda 6 Cars & Trucks

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When i start my 84 toyota truck 22r i notice white smoke coming out of the exhaust...


If your not overheating or losing coolant, its more than likely engine oil burning. If it is coolant related, possible blown head gasket.

Feb 26, 2014 | 1984 Toyota Pickup Deluxe

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1999 gmc youkon missing real bad lots of white smoke smells like straight gas done complete tune up nothing changes help


White smoke would indicate you're burning engine coolant. Black smoke is usually raw unburned fuel, and bluish smoke is oil. Has the engine overheated recently? Is it losing coolant without any external signs of a coolant leak? You may want to do a block check to see if you have a blown head gasket....

Aug 17, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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My bmw x5 is smoking and loosing power any ideas???


Has the car overheated recently or in the past? If you are seeing white smoke from the exhuast you may have a cracked cylinder head or blown head gasket. If you are seeing white smoke from the exhaust, check the oil for signs of coolant (milky brown oil color or any foamy white on the dipstick) Also check you coolant level to see if it is lower than normal. If the smoke you are seeing is black you should also check you oil level. (could be a burned valve).

Jan 21, 2011 | 2005 BMW X5

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How can i tell if my ford windstar needs the head gaskets changed?


overheating, white smoke from tail pipe(ignore this one during cold weather), oil is light brown or milky looking which indicates water in the oil, and of course loosing coolant when there is no coolant leak

Dec 30, 2009 | 1995 Ford Windstar

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White smoke coming from my tail pipe when I accelerate


You may have a blown piston ring, valve seals, valve guides, cracked head gasket or a cracked block, etc... It sounds major though for you to lose power suddenly and have all that smoke...

Sep 15, 2009 | 2004 Mazda 3

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Alot ofwhite smoke coming from tail pipe


Have you overheated or are loosing coolant? If not check to see if your transmission has a vacuum hose going to it. (if coolant you can smell it in the exhaust)
I don't think you have the trans hook up but can't remember.

Apr 26, 2009 | 1994 Lexus Es 300

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1993 Mercury Sable, white smoke, overheating


Good Day,

White some indicated that coolant is burning off. It could just be a simple leak which is burning off of the hot motor. It could also be a bad head gasket(probably what you don't wanna hear), One indication that it is the head gasket is white smoke coming out of the exhaust, this happens as coolant gets into the oil and is burned off then exhausted out the back. Possible causes for the overheating include, low coolant, coolant leak, thermostat, water pump and or water pump belt, or head gasket.

If I were you I would drain and flush the radiator, then fill it with new coolant, and change the thermostat, provided you have no white smoke coming out the exhaust.

hope this helps for now

Jul 05, 2008 | 1993 Mercury Sable

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