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2005 Scion xA Question: white smoke

 

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32hotrod, Oceanside, CA, January 18, 2012, 07:09
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after my car has been sitting a while- overnight- when I first start it there is a small puff of white smoke from the exhaust- not always but about every 2-3 days or so. hubby just checked/ filled the oil last week. Could he have put too much oil in?

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    January 18, 2012, 10:23
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    no, white smoke is burning coolant. it could be a head gasket but have a shop check it for you to confirm. it could be a result of overheating.

    Roy

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    January 18, 2012, 17:40
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    It could also be the normal sweatting of the exhaust pipe as it warms up and then that becomes steam. Watch to see if it goes away after five or ten minutes worth of driving.

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