Q: Car smoking a lot

asked by on

My car is smoking a lot. The issue started recently.

White smoke would indicate coolant burning, blue smoke would be oil burning. The smell can help you determine which as well. In any case, if the engine smokes all the time, out of the tailpipe, it is serious. If there is blue smoke only shortly after the engine is started, the valve guide seals are likely to blame. If the smoke is not coming from the tailpipe, fluid could be leaking on to the exhaust. This is a fire hazard and the repair should not be delayed. I would suggest having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come and diagnose the smoke from your exhaust and recommend potential fixes.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car smoking a lot

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Q: Window motor not working

If power is getting the motor but the window doesn't raise, suspect a problem with the regulator. When the window switch is pressed, power is sent to a DC motor. The motor is attached to a scissor-type device called the...

Q: My car battery light,oil light and park light stays on while the car is off

When you turn your key to the on position before starting the car, the car's computer runs through a series of system checks causing many of the lights on the dash to display for seconds before starting the engine. These...

Q: Smoke is coming from steering wheel column and there is a burning smell, loud noise from engine.

This sounds like there are two different problems, but the "something's burning" problem is critical. There is obviously an electrical short somewhere inside the steering column that has already done damage, and could lead to a sudden shutoff in traffic,...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...