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You can learn a lot about the health of your car from the color of its exhaust-smoke.

If it’s operating in tip-top shape, tailpipe emissions should be nearly undetectable.

If smoking-exhaust is visible, you likely have a real problem, and one that will require a skilled auto technician to remedy.

While the presence of exhaust smoke can indicate a serious car malady, there is a silver lining: the color of that tailpipe plume can give an indication of what might be wrong, which helps to generate a quick and efficient diagnosis.