1999 Ford Escort Q&A
1999 Ford Escort Question: Sudden overheating followed by white smoke from exhaust.
I was driving down a city street, going about 35 mph, when I approached a stop light the engine started idling really roughly. When I accelerated from the stop light my engine temp rose very quickly until it was overheating. I also noticed when I accelerated white smoke was coming out of my exhaust. There wasn't white smoke until after the engine started idling roughly. - cjdriver
Sounds like the head gasket has failed and needs replaced. The white smoke is the coolant burning off that has gotten into the engine oil through the failed gasket. It is also why you are overheating.....you are losing coolant into your oil. - csubak30