White Smoke from Exhaust when you turn on the car and later disappears

Asked by Jun 19, 2017 at 04:02 PM about the 1991 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr DX Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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102,355

White smoke is usually not good, possible blown headgasket or a cracked head, a block test should be able to verify. If your into DIY your local parts store has a kit.

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80,035

If the white smoke is just on cold mornings it is normal.

915

Higher mileage Toyotas have problems with the valve seals. Lots of cars do. They become brittle over time and fail. If its just a few seconds of bluish white smoke at startup. And or after extended idle times, like more than 15 minutes. Its probably bad valve seals. This is usually harmless and not much to worry about. Other than higher oil consumption. Over time it will get worse as the valve guides wear out.

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Has the car been running hot in the past ? Overheated? 1st, I would, Check your coolant level in your rad. Also look under the oil fill cap and the oil dipstick for a white slime substance. If its a head gasket leak, the white smoke tends to dissipate one the engine heats up. It will then start burning the coolant off the top of the piston or pistons. Pull some plugs and check them as well. I suspect a head gasket

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