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What could white smoke coming from the exhaust manifold mean?


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2004-06-09 00:28:50
2004-06-09 00:28:50

Couple things. 1- worn valve seals letting oil in the combustion chamber. 2- worn piston rings -same result. You probably have a cracked head on the exhaust port.

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It's difficult to say, without seeing where under the hood it's coming from. You could have a bad exhaust manifold gasket, leaking exhaust. You could have valve cover gaskets leaking or seeping oil, which would drain onto the hot exhaust manifold, and burn off... If you can provide more information on where the smoke is coming from, there may be a better answer.

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Could be a diesel? If not then replace your oxygen sensor on your exhaust. A bad oxygen sensor causes the exhaust smoke to be dark in color.

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Do you see white smoke coming out of your exhaust , even when the engine is warmed up ? If so , it could be a bad head gasket , a warped head , or a cracked head

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No, it will not cause smoke from the exhaust pipe. However the leaking oil can drip on the exhaust manifold where it will be burnt and smoke.

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If you aren't hearing a lot of exhaust noise and you're just getting smoke, you have either an oil leak or antifreeze leak that is getting on the exhaust manifold. If you're getting oil on the manifold you have a fire hazard and should take care of the problem immediately. If you hear exhaust gas leaking around the manifold you need to replace the gasket or possibly the manifold is cracked and you need to replace the manifold.


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