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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.
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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smoking exhaust
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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What type of wiring go In the dashboard of a car?
Hello, thank you for writing in. It is unlikely, with the amount of other issues that can go wrong with the vehicle, that the wiring caused a thick smoke that suddenly. Wiring issues typically start small and get larger as...
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My truck wont start
Hello there, you have a few different issues going on with your 2002 Ford F-350. When a fuse blows this is most often due to a short circuit or spike in electricity. The fuse is there to blow and save...
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Hesitation and smoke
Hello, thank you for writing in. While it is typical for the engine to give off some white smoke upon starting (as it burns condensation that builds while off at night), what you describe sounds more like a coolant leak....
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what could cause my mercedes 560sec to smoke when it warms up but not all the time
A very common failure on your engine when it gets old is the valve stem seals. These little synthetic seals are under the valve springs and are there to prevent the lubricating oil from running down the valve stems into...
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My car has smoke damage inside somebody tried to steal it and try to burn the car how much does it cost to get a car cleaned out f
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your situation is incredibly unfortunate! Hopefully insurance will help pay for the damages. Pricing is going to vary greatly depending on your location. You are going to want to gather a couple of quotes...
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Car slowly lost power and wouldn't accelerate. Then when I pulled over and it started smoking and now it won't start.
Check the back of the engine by the firewall for any burned wires. It is possible that the harness to the engine has fallen down onto the exhaust manifold and is burning through. The wires may have shorted to the...
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White smoke from exhaust, pretty sure its not head gasket?
With the information given, if the vehicle smoked before getting the fuel in the tank, then the head gasket could be blown causing the coolant to get into the exhaust system. If the smoke occurred after getting fuel, then it...
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I have excessive smoke coming from exhaust when I tow my trailer.
The cloud of smoke is the engine running colder than normal or having too much fuel in the engine. Check the fuel injection system and see if the fuel injectors are firing correctly. If the fuel system is working properly,...
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Why would there be smoke coming from under my hood and now my car does not shift 2001 Honda Civic
Hello. This can be caused by a number of things. The first thing that needs to be determined is where the smoke is coming from. That may be directly related to the shifting if it is due to leaking transmission...
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I have 01 Hyundai xg 300 and I think its leaking oil by the water way to fast. It started smoking by the front passenger side by the belt.
Check the engine valve cover, the engine oil cooler lines, and the front crankshaft seal. Look to see where the engine oil is leaking from and see if the part is serviceable or not. If the front engine crankshaft seal...
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Changed the oil yesterday. Started car this morning and it is pouring out white smoke. Gasket? Too much oil? Not losing coolant
The 5W-30 oil should be removed from the engine because that viscosity is not recommended for your car. However, the wrong viscosity oil does not account for the smoke. You can verify whether the oil level is too high, or...
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New rack and pinion 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage
Hi there - no, a new steering rack should not be smoking. I wonder however, if the smoke is from oil that leaked prior to the steering rack replacement, and is burning off? Have the bottom of the vehicle steam...
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My car emits white smoke, which I think is too much. What could be possibly wrong.?
Hi there. When there is white smoke emitting from the exhaust system, that is a sign of coolant in the exhaust system. Check the coolant level and see if its low. If the coolant is low, then check the engine...
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Overheat
Be sure not to drive the car if it is overheating because overheating can warp the cylinder head and/or engine block causing costly damage. The most common causes of overheating include low coolant level, a faulty thermostat, a plugged radiator,...
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vibration and smoke from tail pipe
Check for diagnostic trouble codes. If the smoke is blue, oil is getting into the combustion chambers and perhaps the rough running is due to partly fouled plugs. If the smoke is black, the air fuel ratio is way off...
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I drove my car without coolant and the engine overheated. I got the car home and filled the coolant but engine is kind of smoky.
Depends on if you drove the vehicle with straight water or nothing in the cooling system. If there was nothing in the cooling system, then the head gasket may have burned causing the coolant to slightly leak into a cylinder...
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Smoke after warms up
Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically when the vehicle has blue smoke from the exhaust after warming up, it means that the engine is burning oil. This happens when oil leaks into the combustion chambers from a head gasket,...
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Hi I have a 1986 vw golf gti 1.8L gas and want it to blow smoke. any ideas that wont destroy my engine?
Hello, and thank you for writing in. If you do not want to do any damage to your engine, then you do not want to modify your engine in any way to blow smoke. You will want to incorporate a...
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Smoke coming out of the vents into the cabin compartment.
Hi there. The green ooze that you saw was indeed coolant. The issue could be the heater core hoses or heater control valve is leaking coolant and the ventilation system on your air conditioning system to the open air outside...

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