Q: Car started smoking while I was driving

asked by on May 20, 2016

I'm not sure what's causing this problem. There's a lot of water/clear liquid above the headlights and and also inside the hood at the front. The car also started smoking while I was driving. That's why I looked under the hood. What does this mean?

Worst case scenario would be that the engine coolant is leaking, but generally coolant is not a clear fluid. This will cause smoking while driving if it is coolant. The fluid reservoirs for the various systems located in the engine compartment and their levels should be checked. This should be done when the engine is cold, in order to avoid injury. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to identify and inspect the type of fluid that is leaking from your vehicle.

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

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

Window not working

Te problem most likely exists in the power window motor/regulator assembly if the fuse is good. The fuse should be checked first, and if the fuse is good, the door panel will need to be removed to check the condition...

P0175 p0101

Check the fuel injectors and see if they are leaking and not atomizing properly. The injectors could be working fine but dripping instead of spraying. I recommend performing a injection cleaning on the engine to see if the injectors will...

Engine shaking violently.

It sounds like you may have a broken motor mount and that can cause shifting problems as well. I would have a technician such as one from YourMechanic come out and inspect the motor and transmission mounts and replace them...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re an Athletic Coach
If If you are an athletic coach, you need a used vehicle with tons of room to transport gear. Once in awhile, you may have to take a player or two along with you as well. What this means is...
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 to Get Acura Dealership Certified
Acura car dealerships offer automotive technician jobs to mechanics who are Acura certified through the PACT program.