Q: White, puffy smoke from tailpipe

asked by on

I see white, puffy smoke coming from the tailpipe. The first mechanic said it's my turbo seal, and the second mechanic said it might be my intake gasket. I already had my valve cover gasket done by the first mechanic.

Hello! There may also be an internal engine issue with the valve seals, or piston rings causing the smoke; this can be verified through a compression test. To verify if the turbo is leaking, I suggest a visual inspection of the turbo be performed; a technician should be able to see any leaks that may be present through the ports on the turbo. If there are any leaks, you may likely have to rebuild or replace the turbo. I suggest having an experienced mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come out to your vehicle’s location to determine the cause of the tailpipe smoke, and recommend the best path to repair.

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. White, puffy smoke from tailpipe

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: Truck had a lot of smoke coming out the day before and it kept shutting off. Now wont start.

Hi there. Depends on what type of smoke was coming from the engine and where it was coming from. If the smoke was coming from the exhaust pipe, then either fuel or oil has entered into the exhaust system through...

Q: Time needed to replace turbocharger

Hi there, thanks for writing in. The turbocharger itself takes approximately 2.5 hours to remove and replace. Of course this will also depend on the expertise of the technician and may slightly vary from vehicle to vehicle. If you need...

Q: How do I get my Hyundai sonata 2006 v6 to start working after replacing the top gasket and ring?

Hi there. It sounds like you are talking about replacing the valve cover gasket and o-rings in the middle around the spark plug holes. If so, then look for any camshaft position sensors being unplugged or any ground wire disconnected....

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.