Q: Smoke coming out of tailpipe

asked by on January 20, 2016

Smoke is coming out of the tailpipe.

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If the smoke is white, you’re burning coolant, if the smoke is blue, you’re burning oil, if the smoke is black, you’re running rich (too much gas). A qualified technician, like one from YourMechanic, can help you identify the problem and make any necessary repairs.

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