So, the first thing you need to do is, identify when the exhaust smoke comes from your vehicle.

Because, if it comes from the exhaust when accelerating; that might indicate a different problem, than it sitting stationary.

And, once you’ve worked out when the smoke occurs, next try and determine, what color of smoke it is.

It is considered normal, when the exhaust smoke, coming from your vehicle is, light or thin white. This type of smoke is, usually just water vapor.

These are the first questions you need answers to:

  • Is it, white like clouds?
  • Is it, grey with a hint of a, blue tinge to it?
  • Or is it thick and black?
  • Does it evaporate, as soon as it’s in the air?
  • Does the exhaust smoke linger and come with an acrid smell?
  • If it’s black smoke, does it leave soot, on the road under the exhaust pipe, when your stationary?

Have the answers to these question, is the first step, in diagnosing exhaust smoke.

So, engines do not last forever and at some point, are going to wear out and cause problems. Consequently, there comes a point in the lifecycle of any vehicle, where some serious problems arise. These are the kind of problems which, if ignored, may very well lead to, the full breakdown of your vehicle.

So, the real issue is, with vehicles that are, poorly maintained. As a result, the exhaust smoke, could be a clear sign of neglect.


Choose Your Help Topic Below

Excessive Exhaust Smoke – What Color Is It – What Does The Color Mean

Tailpipe Smoke – What Does The Color Of The Tailpipe Smoke Mean

Burning Oil – Blue Smoke Is Coming Out Of My Pipe

Diesel Engine Issues – Finding And Solving Issues Could Be In The Smoke

Valve Guide Wear – Can Cause Other Major Damage, Besides Burning Oil

Valve Stem Seal – Controls Valve Lubrication As Well As Oil Consumption

Engine Oil Consumption Exhaust Smoke – Where Does It Go And Why

Valve Stem Seals – Failure Symptoms Under Different Conditions


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