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Top 10 Bad Car Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
Ignoring car problems costs more than fixing them right away. Never ignore if your car has rough shifting, a shaky steering wheel, or is smoking.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Coolant Temperature Switch (Sensor)
Common signs include poor fuel economy, black smoke coming from the engine, overheating, and the Check Engine Light turning on.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Starter
Common signs include the engine not turning over, starter engaging but not spinning the motor, and grinding noises or smoke when starting the motor.
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Smoke
No lectures here – you know that smoking is bad for you. In fact, right now, only about 15% of adults in the United States smoke, and that means that over the years, motor vehicle...
How to Get the Smoke Smell Out of Your Car
There are a number of unpleasant smells that a car’s interior can carry around for the entire duration of its time on the road. Among these are the particularly foul...
How Long Does an Automatic Timing Advance Unit Last?
The automatic timing advance unit is a component in vehicles with diesel engines. Of course gas and diesel engines both work on the internal combustion principle, but they are quite different,...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Fuel Hose
Signs of a bad car fuel hose are visible cracks along the fuel hose exterior, the smell of gas in the car, and visible fuel leaks under the car.
How to Avoid Muffler Repair
Mufflers break when debris builds in the undercarriage, the muffler rubs against driving surfaces, or there is smoke emitting from the engine.
Why Do Some Cars Have Really Smelly Exhaust Fumes?
Smelly car exhaust fumes mean that something is going wrong. It could be leaking fluids, a failing catalytic converter, or imbalanced air/fuel mix.
Why Do Diesel Vehicles Emit Black Smoke?
There’s a common misconception among drivers of gasoline engine cars that diesel engines are “dirty,” and that black smoke is emitted from all of them. That’s actually not the case. Take a look at...

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WHY IS WHITE SMOKE COMING FROM EXHAUST.??
Keep in mind there are several "classifications" of white smoke. If it is thin and dissipates quickly you should not be majorly concerned. Most white smokes are a sign of coolant being consumed and burned in the engine. This can...
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Black smoke coming from my exhaust?
Black smoke coming from the exhaust is usually an indication of a rich fuel condition. When this happens, this can be the result of many things such as faulty fuel injectors, a failing mass air flow sensor or a faulty...
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Excessive blue smoke
Blue smoke coming from the exhaust generally means that the motor is burning the engine oil. This can happen for a couple of different reasons such as worn piston rings or leaking valve guide seals. When this happens, the engine...
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My car is still running after turning it off.
Hi there. The noise that you are hearing is commonly known as 'Dieseling'. When this happens, check the ignition switch alignment and see that the switch is turned completely off. If the switch is turned off, then while the engine...
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My car was smoking on the driver side no leaks on the ground and it's not over heating
Hello. The best thing to do is visually inspect where the smoke is coming from. Replicate whatever conditions necessary to get the engine to smoke again, and lift the hood to see where it is coming from. Keep in mind,...
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My truck has a violent shake, rapid onset, massive white smoke, increases shaking with turbo charger pressure increase, and has an error code of p0303.
Hi there. If you are having a misfire on cylinder number 3 and the injectors are new with the fuel lines cleaned out, then the exhaust valve is burned on cylinder number 3 and needs replaced. This is why there...
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smoke/steam coming form dipstick 2009 VW GTI Turbo
Hello - it is normal to have a small amount of "fumes" exit the dipstick when it is pulled. The crankcase, is after all, a pretty violent place - oil and extreme temperatures combined with rotating hot metal. If you...
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When I turn it on and I push the brake you feel like if I had ari in the break and it starts to shake and a lot of smoke comes out
Hello. The smoke you are seeing is likely from some form of leak dripping onto the hot engine. The leak is likely associated with the shaking and poor engine performance. The check engine light in this situation is a good...
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White smoke coming from the water pump out of radiator hose outlet
Hi there. Assuming, proper procedure was followed replacing the head gaskets. The original cause for overheating must of been overlooked. The thermostat stuck closed, the radiator restricted, the radiator cooling fan(s) inoperative. The cylinder head and/or cylinder head gasket issue...
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Hi, yesterday I hit a brick coming off the freeway and I had to pull over do to my car smoking
Hello - how unfortunate! It is possible damage was done while the car was being pushed, because the engine was running. The engine drives a pump in the transmission which creates hydraulic pressure to operate the transmission. This pump needs...
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My car is taking a lot of water and smoking when opened up??
If the car is using coolant and you can't find any leaks, it must be going out the tailpipe; and that would certainly explain the smoke. But it could also be that the coolant is leaking and evaporating just as...
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Abnormal oil loss
Blue smoke from the tailpipe, either at idle or under power, is an indication that the engine is consuming oil internally. Common causes for oil consumption are oil getting past the piston rings into the combustion chamber or oil leaking...
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My Jeep is flooding itself out after shutting it off and starting it back up
I would check the coolant temperature sensor, which is an input to the fuel injection. If it has failed and is sending the engine an incorrect temperature reading, the engine will get too rich a fuel mix and will be...
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My car is making a grinding noise and smoking
Hi there - This sounds ominous. It's difficult to tell from afar, but one culprit could be a failed alternator bearing, and the smoke is indicative of an electrical short, which is never a good thing. It could also be...
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Black smoke coming out from exhaust and it wont accelerate, there is no power
The black smoke indicates you have a rich fuel condition happening in your fuel intake system. This means that the fuel being supplied to the motor is too much in relation to the air supplied creating an imbalanced air/fuel ratio...
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I have white/bluish smoke coming out of the exhaust occasionally. I have no power loss and it happens infrequently.
I suggest you study the smoke and try to recognize a pattern. It might mean that you have to spend a lot of time looking in the mirror, so try not to be unsafe. If you are having a problem...
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Smoke issue
Hello. In most cases oil from a leaky valve cover gasket should not result in smoke coming from the tailpipe. Smoke from the tailpipe is usually a sign that either oil or coolant is being burned inside of the engine,...
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When I try to start the car it clicks with a little white smoke coming out
This is a common sign of a failing starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will...
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I felt a jolt while driving - could it be a transmission issue?
Hi. This is a good indication that the transmission has overheated and damaged a lot of the internal parts of the transmission. This could have been caused by low transmission fluid or extremely dirty transmission fluid causing a cloth in...
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My Toyota 5L smokes black when gooing uphill and loses efficiency. What could be the problem?
A diesel engine spewing black smoke is generally caused by ignition timing that has been retarded too far or a large amount of unburned fuel leaving the engine. A failing turbocharger that is not putting out enough boost may cause...

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