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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-29-2003, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question White smoke

When I had my engine idleing, I noticed some faint white smoke coming from my exhaust. It wasnt that cold outside(I couldnt see my breath). Then, water came out of my muffler. It was dark like it had soot in it. I called my girlfriends step dad and he told me that the water could be from condensation from the rain last night. But what about the white smoke? It stops when I gas it. The engine runs fine though. He also said that if my head gasket was blown, my spark plugs would start fouling out. Am I worrying about nothing?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-30-2003, 01:17 AM
 
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I'm going to assume that your running pump gas. The water coming out of the pipe could just be condensation. The white smoke could be a lot of things, but it could also be the headgaskets just starting to leak a little bit. That could hapen and you wouldn't foul plugs. I wouldn't wroyy about it a whole lot, but I would start paying attention to the signs that they might be going.
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What kind of signs would the head gasket give if it gives out? What is best place to get gas? Company wise like Shell, Chevron, Texaco, ect..
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-30-2003, 01:31 AM
 
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I meant that you wern't runnig race gas. I was sure that you wern't, but sometimes stating the obvious isn't always bad. Some of the signs are overheating, Yellow foam in the oil or rad, or bubbles in your rad. I would say to just keep an eye on it.
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I think exhaust gas starts to be visible around 40 degrees, from my experience anyway. I wouldn't worry about it too much if it's just a faint hint of smoke coming out. You could also smell the gas to see if it smells sweet or just smells like exhaust. Also, if it's got a blue tint to it that means you could be burning oil. Not a real big deal though. I'd say don't worry about it, but keep an eye on your coolant level and see if it drops frequently (quart every few weeks + or - )
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