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Q: Smoke coming out of tailpipe

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Smoke is coming out of the tailpipe.

A: If the smoke is white, you’re burning coola...

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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