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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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White smoke coming out from exhaust when throttled.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The lowering of the engine oil is a sign that the oil is being burned in the engine. For the oil to get into the combustion chamber it must pass through a bad piston...
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white smoke coming from exhaust
White smoke on start up is typically due to steam clouds, that is condensation in the engine and exhaust vaporizing. Only if the white smoke doesn't go away as the engine warms up and/or if this white smoke in the...
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turned heater on small amount of smoke came through vents checked radiator levels were fine
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vents can pick up all sorts of fumes, smoke, and smells from the engine bay and blow them into the cab. If the smoke you saw was related to the cooling system, its...
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Blue smoke from engine
Hi There, 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,...
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I was driving on high way and my car started shaking and smoking
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle was likely shaking because the engine was not able to complete its combustion cycles properly. This can happen when the spark plugs become soiled, the fuel supply gets cut off, the engine...
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Car is overheating, smoking, and now radiator fluid is spitting through the heater.
Hi there. Sounds like the heater core has a leak and needs replaced. I recommend removing the heater core hoses to the heater core on the firewall in the engine compartment and routing the hoses together until you replace the...
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The first ignition start in the morning a lot of white smoke comes out. Nothing happens when the motor hot
Hello, thank you for writing in. It is typical that vechiles will give off white smoke or steam during start up. Condensation builds up in the exhaust system, specially during cold weather, and the warm engine burns it off. If...
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Tranny kickdown on at freeway speeds causes massive white exhaust.
Hello there, white smoke under acceleration with your 2008 Cadillac CTS can be caused by many different issues. When white smoke is seen it is almost always due to coolant being burned in the engine. The most common causes of...
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White smoke is coming out of my tailpipe.
Hello, thank you for writing in. With all of the recent work that has been done, there are a few possibilities for the cause of your white smoke. Typically the coolant or the oil is to blame. You have done...
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I have a ton of white smoke from my truck when i start and run it, is that likely a head gasket problem?
Hello there, many faults will cause white smoke to be seen on startup with your 1988 Toyota Pickup. When white smoke it seen it indicates that coolant is being burned in the engine, this is not a normal operation. There...
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Truck had a lot of smoke coming out the day before and it kept shutting off. Now wont start.
Hi there. Depends on what type of smoke was coming from the engine and where it was coming from. If the smoke was coming from the exhaust pipe, then either fuel or oil has entered into the exhaust system through...
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Car Loses Power And Puffs Out Large Amounts Of Black And Grey Smoke, First Backfire Was Very Loud, with sulfur/exhaust fumes smell.
Hi there. For the engine to backfire, there was a misfire on the engine and the spark plug was fired on the exhaust stroke causing the fuel to burn in the exhaust pipe make a loud bang noise. The black...
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Our 1995 Isuzu Rodeo has black smoke from the tail pipe and it is chugging and we think it is the oxygen sensors. Could it be something else?
Hi there. There could be an issue with the fuel injectors, fuel pressure regulator, or the spark plugs. Check the spark plugs and see if they are wet with fuel. Black smoke is a sign of excessive burning fuel. Check...
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Engine smoking from seals and overheating.
Hi there. Check the coolant level and see if its low. If it is low, then check the engine oil and see if the oil is black or like a milkshake. If the oil looks like a milkshake, then there...
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My car smoked and now it will not start. 2003 Toyota Corolla
Hello. From what you are explaining it sounds like you have a serious internal engine failure. If you got smoke coming from the tailpipe prior to this occurring and if the engine will not crank over then you more than...
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White smoke coming from tailpipe with the code for evap large leak.
Hi there. The white smoke coming from the exhaust system indicates that there is water (coolant) in the exhaust system. This is caused by the coolant getting into the combustion chamber and burning off with the fuel. The coolant is...
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White smoke every morning and stoped after a while
Hello, thank you for writing in. The white smoke coming from the engine is moisture the is being burned by the engine. This may be coming from the engine itself, or the exhaust system as it heats up as well....
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How would I go about fixing my turbo that is smoking on my 2003 Saab 9-3
Hello. If you have oil leaking on the turbo then the leak needs to be located. Most of the time on this vehicle the issue is the turbo itself. When the turbo has an internal seal that fails you will...
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Engine smokes on start up
I'm presuming that you bought a used engine and had it installed which can be a risky business. If the engine is using oil and smoking out of the exhaust it probably needs major work. If you bought a remanufactured...
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white smoke
Hello Mr. Anderson, thank you for writing in. Lets start by saying that most vehicles will produce a small amount of white smoke right when starting. This is happening because condensation builds up in the exhaust and engine compartment. This...

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