Q: Vehicle, smoking, popping, and stalling when starting.

asked by on

When I start my vehicle it stays on, but then stalls. It smokes a lot and pops when I press on the gas pedal, I have to pump the gas twice for it to drive forward.

What color is the smoke that is coming out of the back of your van? The color of smoke can help tell you what is going on. If the smoke is a bluish color your engine is burning oil. If it is black that means there is too much fuel. If it is white that means coolant is being burned during combustion. I would suggest that you take this information to a certified mechanic who can diagnose why your vehicle is smoking a lot and running poorly.

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. Vehicle, smoking, popping, and stalling when starting.

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: Why is my steering wheel and gas pedal locked?

This is a common issue with the Honda CRV. Occasionally, the steering wheel will lock like this when the gears in the steering become slightly misaligned. I have seen this remedied by physically rocking the vehicle back and forth until...

Q: Recently when I press the gas half or more of the time it really struggles to get up to speed.

It isn't out of the ordinary for there to be more than one problem with a car of this age. This sounds like the case with your car. From what I can gather, the failing camshaft probably finished an already...

Q: Car stalling, hesistating, and jerking.

This sounds like a fuel pump issue of low fuel pressure conditions or the fuel filter is clogged causing low flow. I recommend you have the system checked by a qualified mechanic.

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...