Q: Smoking under VW Touran at standstill

asked by on

recently (in the cold weather) my vw touran 2004 1.9 tdi has been smoking from underneath the drivers side door making it looks like the car is on fire/about to, i have read that it is the auxillary heater, could this been the case or could it be something more serious?

My car has 145000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

It is possible that an auxillary heater of some kind could be contributing to this issue. However, most of the time smoke is coming from the engine bay of your vehicle, the smoke is coming from a fluid that is leaking out on to the exhaust. This can be oil, coolant, or other fluids. The exhaust gets very hot while the engine is running and therefore it burns away any fluid that comes in contact with it. I would recommend having your vehicle inspected for fluid leaks by a qualified professional. Consider YourMechanic for this service as it can be done at your home or office.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Smoking under VW Touran at standstill

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

Q: My car is leaking transmission fluid - I can't diagnose the leak

Based on the NHTSA database covering consumer complaints, as well as government mandated recalls and factory service bulletins, for your specific year, make and model, I do not see evidence of widespread complaints about transmission fluid leaks. Such leaks are,...

Q: Cost of replacing a engine on a 2009 GTI volkswagen?

That is not an unreasonable price for a L4-2.0 L turbo engine. It would be much more elsewhere. Be sure the turbo charger is thoroughly inspected. If the engine failed due to an oil/lubrication issue, it would not be surprising...

Q: Massive vibration after 40 mph or once I go from 4th to 5th gear.

Hi Darryl. Thanks for contacting us today. Generally speaking, a single cylinder misfire will gradually create a steady vibration, but not stop when you're accelerating. The type of vibration you're describing is often caused by a transmission or engine mount,...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...