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What would cause the engine to bog down and intermittent white smoke from a tailpipe?

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2010-11-22 02:37:35
2010-11-22 02:37:35

White smoke from the exhaust is a sign of coolant entering the combustion chamber. Most likely cause is a blown head gasket. Stop driving this vehicle until you have this repaired or you will destroy this engine.

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No, the engine exhaust is what comes out of the tailpipe.


engine coolant getting into an engine cylinder from a bad head gasket , cracked or warped head


No. A bad head gasket would cause water to come out the tailpipe. You will see white smoke. Leaky rings would cause oil to come out the tailpipe. You will see blue smoke.


Usually the engine is burning coolant.


If you are getting white or grey smoke out of the tailpipe , especially when the engine is warmed up , you have coolant getting into an engine cylinder from a bad head gasket or warped or cracked cylinder head


they have elected a pope? in cold weather it is normal to see white smoke coming out of your tailpipe. the one you have to worry about is the black or the blue smoke



Black smoke usually means the engine is running too rich. The fuel/air mixture is incorrect. Blue smoke is oil burning.


If it is blowing white smoke out of the exhaust tailpipe when the engine is at operating temperature, engine coolant is getting into an engine cylinder from a bad head gasket or some other problem


Engine oil is entering the combustion chamber(s) .


the engine is burning oil. blue smoke oil white smoke antifreeze black smoke excess fuel


The engine is burning coolant caused from a blown head gasket or cracked head if you are loosing coolant. If you have a turbo charger the seal can go out and cause a Lot of smoke from burning oil..




Assuming this is a gasoline engine, it is running rich from excess gasoline.


Could be getting into engine. Check tailpipe emissions for white smoke.



Blue smoke is burning oil.Blue smoke is burning oil.


This engine is running extremely rich. This can be caused by many things. Have it repaired ASAP. Serious engine damage will occur if you continue to drive.


I'm not a mechanic / technician but if white smoke is coming out of your tailpipe with the engine warmed up it sounds like you are getting engine coolant into one or more of your engine cylinders . ( bad head gasket / warped cylinder head ) Is the coolant / antifreeze mix also going into your engine oil )



Water in engine. Head gasket most likely. no aceleration because no compression.


Vehicle likely overheated, or for some other reason, the head gasket has been breached, allowing coolant to be burned in the engine. The coolant is consumed, appearing as whitish smoke emitting from the tailpipe.


No. White smoke is a symptom of coolant entering the combustion chamber. Stop driving the car and have it looked at by a professional. Serious engine damage will occur if it is indeed coolant in the combustion chamber and you continue to run the engine.


If it is really smoke, then it is almost always caused by burning of oil that enters the engine due to bad seals and rings.



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