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I think they are separate issues. The steam/white smoke for that long a time would suggest a leaking head gasket or cracked head(as long as your outside weather wasn't too cold)

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Q: 1998 6 cyl F150 111K mi. Twice wk apart when starting starter clicked short grinding sound started but what appeared to be water vapor or steam came out of exhaust for 3 to 4 minutes Runs OK Ideas?
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