I have a Toyota Corolla 2004 and it will star but shuts o...

Q: I have a Toyota Corolla 2004 and it will star but shuts off quickly. My oil is very low and there appears to be oil on top of wher

asked by on June 03, 2017

I have a Toyota Corolla 2004 and it will start but shuts off quickly. My oil is very low ( My brother put oil in my car yesterday) and there appears to be oil on top of where you put the oil in. Once it is started white smoke comes from the exhaust pipes. The engine shakes roughly whenever the car is started as well.

My car has 250000 miles.
My car's transmission is unknown to me.

Hi there. In most cases when white smoke comes out of the exhaust pipe, it indicates that there is radiator coolant mixed with the engine oil. This is usually the result of an overheating situation which damages the head gasket or the cylinder head deck. However, there are several reasons why the engine will start then die that are not related to this condition. So, it’s probably a good idea to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a car starts then dies inspection, so they can determine the root source of this problem and recommend the best course of action.

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

My brake fluid light is on and won't go off

The brake fluid sensor in installed in the brake master cylinder. Try to remove the brake fluid sensor connector. The sensor is in the center of the master cylinder reservoir. If the light goes out then replace the sensor and...

Went got a test at Autozone for alternator, she stated everything test normal but battery voltage is too low? What does that mean?

Hello. This could mean the alternator is not charging the battery high enough or the battery will not accept and hold a charge. You may need to replace the battery first, then recheck the alternator charging system for proper operation....

Replaced thermostat, no leaks,coolant full, still overheats, no water in oil, stumped, sensor maybe?

If the vehicle is registering it is hot and it is just started then you will need to scan and test the temperature sensor to see if the sensor is causing gauge to say hot when it is not or...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Corolla
Not Not only does the 2012 Toyota Corolla continue to be one of the best-selling compact sedans in the United States, but it also continues to maintain very high resale values. If you want a car that you’ll get your...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Sequoia
If If you need to haul a crowd and you want the power needed to haul all the toys as well, the 2012 Toyota Sequoia might be a perfect fit. While it doesn’t have the hauling capacity of some of...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re a Caterer
If If you are in the catering business, you need a reliable vehicle that will provide you with what you need to transport your food, linens, and other supplies. Generally speaking, you're better off buying gently used, because you will...