Q: white smoke oil leak engine light on

asked by on August 25, 2016

White smoke oil leak engine light on car sat in garage for year

My car has 137000 miles.

Smoke from engine or exhaust Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote
Oil/Fluid Leak Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 2004 Toyota Sienna. It is very possible that there is an oil leak somewhere that is allowing the engine to burn the oil. Without further detail, it would be tough to say where the leak is coming from, however, the white smoke is usually an indicator that the oil is being burnt. If you want to have this verified, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the smoke and oil leak problem, and can assist you on any repairs needed.

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

Possible ECM problem

Hello! Im assuming the code was a P0606 which indicates a PCM/ECM processor internal fault. I suggest checking the wiring and terminal at the ECM because at times it will be just a bad connection/wire causing the trouble code. There...

2004 Range Rover does not engage and move when shifting

Claimed by John Hege

Hi. I have an 04 avalanche the brake system seem to have locked up while i was driving. can u tell what it might be? its makes a l

Hi there. Your 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche should have an anti-lock braking system; which in most cases will restrict the braking to ensure this doesn't occur. However, there are some things that will restrict the ABS from working as it should...

Engine sometimes cranks, sometimes doesn't. Battery is fine.

Hello. There are a variety of reasons for why the car may not start. This may very well be a loose wire or bad grounding to the battery or potentially even a bad starter relay (this is usually noticed by...

Coolant leaking from engine head gasket

Head gaskets can leak in several ways. It can be an external coolant or oil leak, coolant can leak into the combustion chamber and vise versa, and coolant can leak into the oil. This is not a repair to delay....

Added 2' wheel spacers and at 65+mph starts to wiggle steering wheel

Hello. The wheel spacers are what is causing this. Once you change the placement of the wheels like this, it changes the geometry of the suspension which causes it to act like this. If there are any worn out parts...

Mitsubishi Endeavor overheating. Got waterpump and belt replaced less than a year ago what could it be

This may very well be a bad thermostat as this is often a common culprit of many overheating issues on most cars. The thermostat regulates the coolant flow in and out of your car's engine. When this is stuck open...

Squeaking when turning. Ball joints or Tie Rod ends?

Hi Austin. Thanks for contacting us today. This video is actually quite good at diagnosing whether the noise you're hearing is a ball joint issue. If you complete this inspection and the ball joint appears good - then it's likely...

Car not shifting into gear

Whether your vehicle's transmission is automatic or manual will change the diagnosis a bit. Both types of transmissions use a linkage system to connect the shifter to the transmission under the hood. Any binding or broken mechanical connection will cause...

Related articles

Top 10 PZEV Cars for Eco-Friendly Drivers
Teddy Leung / Shutterstock.com The whole idea of a PZEV (that is, a partial zero-emissions vehicle), seems paradoxical. You’d think it’d have to either be zero-emissions or not in the category at all. But as contradictory as...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Prius C
Car Car buyers in the market for a sub-compact car with a low price tag should really take a look at the 2012 Toyota Prius C. Toyota led the way with hybrid technology when they first introduced the Prius, and...
Should I Buy a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry?
The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have been the best-selling cars for 20 years due to their quality and reliability. Find out which is best for you.