1990 Lexus LS400 Q&A
1990 Lexus LS400 Question: why does my car smoke when I start it?
Blue smoke is from burning oil, white is from water. It's likely you have worn valve guides or piston rings that are allowing oil to get into the combustion chamber when the engine is cold. As the engine heats up, this is less of an issue due to the expansion of all the metal in the engine, thus sealing up the internal leaks. The power steering system has a leak that needs to be addressed. You'll need to have someone perform some tests to determine the condition of your engine, and in the end it may need to be rebuilt. You can try using oil that is designed for engines with higher mileage, this may decrease the amount of oil leaking into the cylinders. - Bret Bodas
It hapened to me on my 2 ls400. There is a valve on the power steering pump. is located on the lower part of the pump. it has two hoses one goes to the intake. I replaced two that I got from the junk yard, they workl fine. I'm pretty sure. I found about it becaus I was replacing the power steering fluid every week then I add a "stop leak" fluiud to it and stop leaking fluid and the smoke stoped. Good luck! - Visitor
So much smoke comes out of the exhaust, that when I leave the area it looks like there was a fire in the area. It happens when I start the car or when I accelerate.