white smoke while car is sitting on idle 95 gt5.0

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  1. vicma762004

    vicma762004 New Member

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    while i was sitting waiting for my order at a drive thru i noticed a lot of white smoke. the smoke was enough to make me shut the car down to get rid of it.
     
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    Mine has white smoke too when I start it up, well only when its cold out... As long as its not blue smoke or something its fine I think?? lol sorry not much help
     
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    SvtBlack95 Well-Known Member

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    white smoke could be antifreeze..... did it have a sweet smell to it ??? if so you might have an antifreeze leak thats getting in your oil
     
  4. thats very possible...

    but on cold starts its normal...

    so if you had recently started the car and the motor was cold then its no biggy and goes away once the motor warms up
     
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    i didn't know any kind of smoke was good new to me
     
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    Was it cold out? If so its condensation in the engine. In the summer you will see water come out the tailpipe at times. Its normal no worries. Man it feels good being able to say that to someone. LOL. Usually bad news.
     
  7. Midnight_Cobra

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    Exactly, white SMOKE would mean your car is running lean as hell. But white STEAM is nothing, just water that is in the exhaust pipes that is now being turned into steam. It only happens on a cold start because your pipes are cold, so the water sites.

    Black smoke - Running really rich
    White smoke - Running really lean
    Blue smoke - Burning some oil
    White steam - burning water and or antifreeze
     
  8. vicma762004

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    the car was warm and it was a hot day outside, i have been checking the oil every so many hours just paranoid lol.
    the car is running fine but thats white smoke gave me a scare. do you think not having cats has anything to do with the white smoke?
     
  9. Midnight_Cobra

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    That is possible, and at startup your car should smell rich due to the straight pipes.
     
  10. ryclef331

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    Keep and eye on your coolant levels. Better yet, start the car when cold with the radiator cap off and let it warm up like that at idle. IF it bubbles excessively (not flows...BUBBLES), you may have a blown headgasket. Hot car and hot day you shouldn't have SHIT that you can see coming out of the pipes. Did the "smoke" dissipate quickly (meaning it was steam) or did it look like you were fogging for mosquitos....if it was the latter, you're consuming oil somewhere.
     
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    i have straight pipes and it smells rich all the time. :hammer:
     
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    I wish i smelled rich :D
     
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    I wish I was rich!
     
  14. 95Grandtouring5.0

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    With white smoke.. your huffing oil.