What Does It Mean When There Is Smoke Coming Out Of My Exhaust?
If you are seeing various colored exhaust fumes, then you need to start paying close attention to your vehicle. Even if no warning lights are being flashed by your car, the smoke that is coming out of the exhaust is a sign that something may not be working correctly.
What does blue smoke coming out of my exhaust mean?
If blue smoke is blowing from your car, that is a clear signal that oil is be burned by the engine. That means the piston rings or valve guide seals are worn out, and there is oil that is leaking past the point where it is supposed to be lubricating moving parts, and into the combustion chamber where it is burning along with the fuel.
If you see that type of smoke, make sure to check the oil on a regular basis and watch out for any consumption problems. Although this kind of issue usually requires attention immediately along with expensive repairs, which include some internal parts being replaced, if the leak is minimal and your vehicle is old, you may be able to manage it carefully by topping the oil off regularly. You may also want to contact a mobile auto mechanic to come check out your vehicle.
Burning oil, in addition to causing environmental damage, can also cause rough starts, since the process can ruin the spark plugs on your car.
There may also be blue smoke if your car is turbocharged. In that case, the smoke can be a sing that the blower needs to be replaced or rebuilt.
What does gray smoke coming out of my exhaust mean?
It is difficult to directly diagnose gray smoke. Similar to blue smoke, it might mean the car is either suffering from having a bad turbocharger or is burning oil. Take the exact same precautions that you do with blue smoke, and make sure you check for any excessive consumption of oil.
Gray smoke may also be caused by there being a problem with the automatic transmission fluid being burned up inside the engine. In that situation the culprit would be a faulty transmission vacuum modulator, which can lead to transmission fluid become sucked into the engine and then being burned up.
Gray smoke may also be the result of a stuck PCV valve. The Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) system cuts down on the amount of harmful emissions through recycling them back inside the combustion chamber. But if the PCV valve becomes stuck, then pressure may build up and result in oil leaks. Luckily, PCV valves are not very expensive, and for either a mobile auto mechanic or handy do-it-yourselfer can be an easy, quick job.
What does white smoke coming out of my exhaust mean?
If it is vapor and thin, then you don’t need to worry about white smoke. It probably is being caused by normal condensation buildup within the exhaust system. This type of smoke disappears fast.
However, if there is thicker smoke, that might be a major problem, and may be caused by coolant being burned by the engine. It might be due to a serious problem like a cracked engine block, damaged cylinder head or blown head gasket, which are all expensive repairs.
However, don’t ignore it, since the problem could get much worse. Even when the coolant has just a small leak it may result in overheating which could seriously risk damaging your engine. Also a coolant leak may mix with oil which can cause serious problems for your vehicle.
What does black smoke coming out of my exhaust mean?
When you have black exhaust smoke the means that too much fuel is being burned by the engine. The first thing you should do is check the air filer along with the other intake components like fuel-pressure regulator, fuel injectors and sensors. The fuel return line might also be clogged. Usually black smoke is the easiest to diagnose and fix, however your fuel economy will definitely be affected if you burn unnecessary fuel, so don’t think you can save money by avoiding the problem.
Any smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe of your is a sign that the vehicle is in distress. Pay attention to whatever needs to be done or have a mobile auto mechanic check out your car to determine what the problem is and have it fixed.