My car is smoking from the exhaust

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Asked by Chelsea Oct 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM about the 2001 Ford Escape XLT AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I got my oil changed at Walmart, thr next day I realizd they put in 10w-30 when my truck only takes 5w-20 it says it right on the oil cap. When I told them, they said "they saw in the computer that it takes 5-20 but noticed the mechanic(which is part-time, once every 2 weeks) put in 10-30. He said he would flush it and put the right kind in at no cost. After we walked around in walmart for about 45 mins. we went to check, they said there was silicone on our gasket that was leaking, and because of this they couldn't touch it until I got it fixed. Now my car is leaking oil, but the dipstick says its full, it now smokes very badly when I start it, but usually stops after about a minute. This morning it didn't stop, so I couldn't drive it, for fear of breaking it. The mechanic at Walmart said that the wrong oil in there wouldn't hurt it, and after we get it fixed we can bring it back in and they will fix their mistake. Why is my car now smoking, and why didn't they notice the leak in the oil pan the day before. Am unsure of what it could be, and would like a better understanding of what is wrong, and how much it should average to fix it.

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Oil pan gasket and white smoke

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white smoke usually indicates a head gasket.

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Okay thank you, no one has ever gave me that as a reason. I have gotten it inspected and I do have a whole in my exhaust, but am wondering about how much the head gasket would cost.

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Be dam!!! Sure u pull the right plug when changing oil on a from wheel drive cause I pulled the tranny plug an put new oil on top of old oil.. Therfor I had 4 quarts on top of 4 quarts.. An that makes ur car blow very thick white smoke an it even smells like oil. So I had to much oil with no tranny oil that's bad.. But luckly as soon as I seen it smoking I shut the car off going down the hwy. an that's the best thing to do if u see or hear a problem turn it off if not it could lead to bigger problems

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I'm having this same problem did you find out the problem

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if there is no white gunk on your dipstick, take off the intake manifold and check the gasket on top then the bottom, then check the exhaust manifold gasket if there is white on your dipstick its your head gasket

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My 2015 escape blows white smoke immediately after I start the car then car seems to stop smoking while driving but then will die out as driving and lose power

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