white smoke came out of the exhaust pipes for the first time on 2000 Lincoln LS

I started my Ls and white smoke came from the exhaust tail pipes in the rear for the first time ever. I have a 3.9L which I turned off immediately. The oil level was low on the dip stick barely reading oil measure. I was wondering if that could cause the smoke and if not then what?

by in Dallas, TX on June 29, 2010
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ANSWER by on July 21, 2010
White smoke is usually coolant
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ANSWER by on August 05, 2010
Good thing you stopped engine from running with almost no oil! Ok, get the oil to proper level. Then, see if in the engine gasket, on either the left or on the right side of the V (in the V8) if there is a coolant leak. Check your radiator hoses. have the radiator flushed. You must find that coolant leak! You are burning engine coolant and it's coming out as white smoke