Q: Smoke from the hood - 1996 Ford Mustang

asked by on September 09, 2016

i dont drive this car daily. i recently got it and ive been doing some work on it but when i do take it out for a spin. it will only e like a 5 minute ride but i drive it pretty hard to see what i can get out of it. but whaen i get back to the house. smoke comes out from under the hood on the passenger side of the car right above the headlight and when i pop the hood and see where its coming from. it comes from under the engine near the fire wall on the passenger side. im guessing its the transmission. any idea what could be causing this???

My car has 215000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Smoke from engine or exhaust Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Hello there. You will need to see if the engine valve covers are leaking oil and running back on the exhaust or if the transmission is leaking oil onto the exhaust near the dipstick tube where it goes in the transmission. To have this problem resolved, a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, can come to your home or office to pinpoint the cause of the smoking issue and advise on a repair.

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

What others are asking

How much am I looking to fix rust on shocks and on one of the calipers?

Your Mechanic does not provide any type of paint or body repairs. Unfortunately we could not give you a cost on painting shocks or calipers. Vehicle ride height has little to do with shocks, calipers, or any other part developing...

Fluid leaking from transmission to engine gasket

I assume the leak you are seeing is coming from the transmission bell housing where the engine meets the transmission. If fluid is leaking from here it is most likely the front transmission pump seal where the torque convertor goes...

Transmission does not shift

This may be a sign of low transmission fluid or a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission...

P1000- On Board Diagnostics 2 Monitor/ Drive Cycle test not complete

Hi there. I would recommend reading this article that is highlighted in blue. The P0175 OBD-II code has multiple possible sources that can trigger the error code ranging from O2 sensors, mass air flow sensors or simply clogged fuel injectors....

Identifying cause of serpentine belt being thrown

Hi there. It is always a good idea to replace all pulley's when you have a catastrophic serpentine belt "issue" as you've described. In most cases, the force of the belt breaking will cause a slight warp of one of...

Very Loud Knocking noise from left rear wheel when turning left and braking

The problem could be in the transfer case unit, but the device is mounted closer to the driver than the rear wheel so the noises or vibrations are generally a little more obvious. Especially during sharp turns the transfer case...

Engine light still on after replacing the gas cap

This is a simple fix. Replace the fuel cap. The cap sometimes does not reseal after refueling causing the system to detect a leak. Make sure the cap is sealing after you refuel and make sure the vehicle is turned...

My power steering is making a ridiculous noise, and it has for some time now.

If you have a noisey power steering pump when turning and replacement pump did the same noise then you need to remove the pump reservoir and check the inside screen to see if it is plugged up with dirt and...

Car won't change gears

Hello. If the clutch pedal is hard to push, it sounds like there is something binding in the mechanical portion of clutch system. The binding could be the pressure plate, the throwout bearing or its guide, or the clutch fork....

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a General Contractor
If If you're a general contractor, you probably aren’t in the market for a used car. More likely, you’re looking for a pickup truck, because you need to haul equipment and supplies to various job sites. Most contractors will likely...
How Does a Clutch Work in a Manual Transmission?
The The clutch in a car transmission is what works to engage and disengage the drive shaft’s moving parts. In a manual transmission, the driver has to manipulate a pedal or a lever in order to shift gears. The clutch...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Focus
The The 2012 Ford Focus brings a lot to the world of compact cars. Available as either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Focus has great fuel efficiency and European styling that sets it apart from other cars...