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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, 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
If you smoke in your car it can lead to bad smells. Use baking soda and fabric freshener on car upholstery to remove the smoke smell from your car.
What Does It Mean When My Car Is "Burning" Oil?
Burning oil is usually caused by leaking oil that burns up on hot engine or exhaust components. Fix leaking oil to prevent expensive car repairs.
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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Could a data read error for the oil pressure and sensor cause Smoke from tail pipes?
The smoke is unrelated to the issue you describe with the PCM. Some smoke at start up can be normal, particularly white smoke from condensation. However, continuous smoking after the first few minutes signifies a problem with the engine that...
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My 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer started smoking and ticking and will not go above 20 mph.
Hello. There are a lot of things that can cause this. Most of the time if you have a ticking noise with smoke then you need to check for a misfire. I would usually start by scanning the computer for...
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2005 9.5 turbo started blowing smoke out tail pipe and under front side of engine and leaking a lil oil it's a turbo not over heat
It sounds like you are having a crankcase ventilation problem. There is a series of baffles in the valve cover and a vent pipe that allow vapors and pressure to escape from the crankcase into the intake as they build...
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I have 92 Toyota Camry. Oily smoke comes from the back of the engine bay
you probably have an oil leak at the valve cover gasket that is dripping on the hot exhaust pipe. When the pipe gets hot enough to boil the oil it makes a nasty smelling smoke. You should have it corrected...
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Hey any idea what my cars issue can be? First it stalled when I tried to leave park didn't accelerate and break wouldn't move, cu
If there was smoke, that means there is a leak and/or the vehicle is overheating. Those problems should be resolved first, or at least ruled out, because regardless of engine operating condition if you operate the engine while it is...
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my car engine is smoking. can I safely drive it to dealer? (10 miles)
It depends on the source of the smoke. If the vehicle is overheating, any use could quickly ruin the engine. If the smoke is from engine oil dripping onto a hot exhaust manifold, you could end up with an engine...
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Car wouldn't go over 50 mph I went over and next thing you know I hear loud knocking from the engine
The knocking is suggestive of a mechanical failure of some sort. I would first measure cylinder compression to get a basic idea of the condition of the engine. If it doesn't test well (too low and/or too much variance) you...
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I've changed valve seals and all gaskets I'm getting gray smoke from tailpipe in 2000 Silverado
Gray smoke suggests burning oil but you can use a scan tool to look at fuel trims and see if perhaps rich operation is contributing to the problem as well. With regard to replacing the seals, if the valve guides...
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Thin white exhaust when accelerating in 2012 Hyundai Sonota a problem?
Some smoke at start up can be normal, particularly white smoke from condensation. However, continuous smoking after the first few minutes signifies a problem with the engine that you should seek to have identified in an engine smoking diagnostic. If...
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Blue smoke from tailpipe
Bluish tinted smoke from the exhaust means that there is an internal oil leak into the combustion chambers from the valve guides, valve stem oil seals and/or the piston rings. Cylinder compression can be tested to get an indication of...
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My truck is smoking, shaking and leaking some type of oil. What's wrong now?
Check the engine oil level. If there's a sizable oil leak and if the smoke is due to oil leaking onto the manifold, the oil level could be low. If the level is low and you suspect a leak, just...
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Car is smoking, knocking and idling by itself.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is overheating, and the other symptoms are related to it. If it has overheated passed a certain point, there may have been major damage done to the engine. At this point, the...
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Hello, i had my head gasket repaired and after 8 months it has started making white smoke come from exhaust again and I can smell
Hello, thank you for writing in. With white smoke coming from the exhaust, the smell of coolant, and the (very likely although unmentioned) lowering of the coolant level, it is quite apparent that the coolant is making its way passed...
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my Malibu smells like it's burning and when I lift the hood and press the gas it sounds extremely loud
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having several different issues. To begin diagnosing it, you will want to check the fluid levels to find out what is burning. From there you want to know how the...
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Car smoking
If your car will not hold coolant, you will need to solve that before anything else. I'm not clear about the other issues, but it seems the coolant leak is the central problem. It may be a simple as a...
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My truck makes a noise when truck starts and smokes
You will need to give a better description of where the metal noise and smoke is coming from to help you better. You should have the belts, oil and coolant checked to see if you see any problems there. If...
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2004 5.3 Tahoe oil pressure drops when stopped, rises when accelerating, sounded like an exhaust leak to, blow whit smoke on crank
Hello, thank you for writing in. The smoke on start up is usually due to the valve stem guides and or seals. They may need to be replaced. As far as the oil pressure is concerned, you need to check...
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Had valve job done on my 2010 Nissan Titan and head gasket and valve cover gasket replaced, truck still puffs could of smoke
If you have not already done so, replace the PCV valve. You should have the engine compression tested to see if any one cylinder is low on compression. The cause of white smoke that is not just condensation in the...
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White smoke from the exhaust
White smoke usually means coolant is burning. In your case it may be getting into the engine through an intake gasket or a head gasket. I've seen occasions where a gasket might leak under certain conditions, hot cold, high pressure,...

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