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Q: Car smoking a lot

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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.

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