What would cause white smoke to come out of the tailpipe?

If you are having a lot of white smoke all the time the car runs then check for coolant mixing in with the oil,look for water in the oil when you check the oil or milky brown oil. This produces a white "steam" that is very thick to come out of the exhaust. If your engine temp. gauge is very high and over heats you probably have a blown head gasket. If it has a bluish tint look it may be burning oil. Indications might be how much oil is currently in the car i.e too much oil, or if there is a leak in the line you may be adding a bunch of oil over a short time. If it is only when you first start the car and the engine is cold, then it may be that your valve seals are bad and need replacing. Hope this might help or at least give you some ideas...

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It's coolant. headgasket, cracked or warped head, intake manifold or gasket, or cracked block are your sources. Take it to a care car service to have it checked

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Are you sure the smoke is white or is it a light blueish color start the car and have someone stand in a position to see the tail pipe and see if much water comes out with the smoke if it does and you have been running low on antifreeze i would say a head gasket if no water and not low on anti freeze look at worn valves or valve seals or worn rings good bet on these two items good luck

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Burning oil in the fuel would cause black smoke so it definitely has nothing to do with that. White smoke can be caused by water in the combustion camber or unburned fuel. If you've be having bad gas mileage you probably have a problem with your fuel or ignition system or timing. You can usually smell the fuel in your exaust when this happens. If you smell no fuel and you've had no change in fuel economy check for water like one of the previous posts said.

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Try the changing PCV, it work for me when white smoke(rock concert-like) would come out of the exhaust every time the car was turned on. That was the only time the white smoke would come out in my case. If it is a constant white smoke emitted from the exhaust, especially while driving, it could be something else.

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One thing that I noticed, is that when valve seals get some years on them, a little bit of white smoke can emitted from the tail pipe when you first start it up or when you set at a stop light idling. But usually not that much smoke. Old valves could be causing you to run rich.

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Somehow water has or is being burned,check coolant level and temp if you have temp light put a guage in if coolant low there is your problem if not check egr valve and pcv valve also check oil level if high and milky there is high possibility that you have blown head gasket and or block may be cracked allowing oil to get into the oil pan.

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i think it would be a blown head gasket or blown head