Small amount of steam from tailpipe

Asked by GuruMLF8L May 19, 2020 at 11:31 PM about the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just got my car back last week after a timing belt
replacement as well as valves. I lost the belt on the freeway
and it did a number on my car. So $2500 later I am driving
the car in Arizona and it is 101 degrees. No AC. So I took to
the AC repair guy to do a leak check. I noticed when he
started the car there was a few puffs of steam from the
tailpipe. The car has not had any temperature change and
seems to be driving pretty good. I did also notice that there
is some black around where the tailpipe comes out. Is the
steam indicative of a problem.

3 Answers


Could have blown a head gasket. Does the moisture smell like antifreeze.

no I don't smell antifreeze or any sweet smell. It was literally just a few little puffs when he started the car.


Go back to the shop that did the timing belt replacement and have them check it out.

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