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2001 Volkswagen Passat Question: WHITE SMOKING ENGINE

 

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Visitor, 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, Leesburg, FL, August 10, 2010, 17:11

My car smokes [white] could it be the turbo charge.

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, August 10, 2010, 18:13
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    More likely a blown head gasket. Have you overheated the engine lately?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, August 10, 2010, 22:58
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    As Bret said likely to be a blown head gasket. Light colored smoke out the exhaust is normal until the engine warms up, especially noticeable on cold mornings dense air. Blueish/gray smoke is a sign an engine is "burning oil", excessive black smoke would be a sign an engine is running to rich/too much fuel is entering the engine. White steam perhaps noticed with a slightly sweet odor from the exhaust, rough engine running, over heating and or coolant loss would be a sign of a blown or mildly blown head gasket.

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    Visitor, February 25, 2011, 11:48

    Hi Patrick !
    I just noticed that my car ( vw passat 1.9 tdi 1998 ) is starting to realease blueish/gray smoke how can i repair it because i saw the this is a sign that the engine is burning oil. i also just refilled the steering oil cuz it drawn. Is this maybe a sign that the steering oil has a lack and the engine is burning that oil ?

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