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white smoke after truck has been siting for a few days

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vantaco, May 28, 2011.

  1. May 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    i'm not daily driving my truck any more and i've noticed that when i fire it up for the first time after a couple days i get white smoke from the exhaust for the first couple minutes

    i haven't checked my coolant level yet but just curious if this is common or not?

    i did seafoam the truck a little while ago, but that was just before i stop driving it everyday....it was only through the manifold, not in the tank
     
  2. May 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    did it do this before the seafoam?
     
  3. May 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    Does the "white smoke" dissipate into the air shortly after it exits the pipe-or does it linger for a while like smoke from a fire would?
    If it dissipates you have no problem. If it stays around like a misty white smoke, then you may have coolant burnage=head gasket.
     
  4. May 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    It's probably just condensation/moisture in the exhaust being burned off. Just steam and nothing to be worried about.
     
  5. May 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    if its light smoke i would say condensation buildup. completely normal.
     
  6. May 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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    What does the smoke smell like? Are you sure it's white and not white with a blue tinge? Is your coolant level going down? Is the engine oil level going down?
     
  7. May 30, 2011 at 9:59 PM
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    not that i could tell, but i drove the truck everyday at that point


    as for the smoke dissipating or lingering, i think it dissipates quickly, but i'll have to take a better look next time

    it's deffiently white, no blue tinge

    i still need to check the coolant level

    no smell, i know if it's sweet, then it's coolant

    thanks guys
     
  8. May 30, 2011 at 10:35 PM
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    It's more than likely just steam from the condensation in the exhaust being burned off. It will quickly dissapear after if it fully warms up.

    Every vehicle can and will do this when it's cold out and warming up. Most people just don't notice it because they simply get in their vehicle and drive, but then that time they do step out and notice it, they freak out because they've never seen it before and don't know what it is. For the record, it is NOT smoke, it is simply steam like seeing your breath on a cold day.

    In places where it's quite warm like California for example, most of the time your vehicle won't blow steam out of the tailipipe when it's warming up in the morning because of the higher temperature. So, if there ever is a morning where it is cold enough in place like that for the vehicle to blow steam out of the tailpipe, then they get worried that something is wrong because they are just not used to seeing it which is understandable. In places like here where it's pretty cold most of the year, seeing steam rolloing out the tailpipe of a vehicle is a regular thing. So again, if you live in place that is hot, you are not going to see this occurance very often unless you get a cold enough day for it to do so and that is why when most people do see it, they get worried and think that something is wrong with their vehicle because they just aren't used to seeing it.

    Now, if the head gasket was blown and the steam was from burnt off coolant, the flow of steam would not going away. It would be a continuous cloud comming out of the exhaust, even when when it's warmed up.

    Don't want to come across sounding like a jurk, but this particular topic comes up regularly on vehicle forums and there a lot of misconceptions out there about the matter.
     
  9. May 31, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    drove the truck again today, on start up there was minimal white "smoke" it was also a little warmer out today

    not too worried about it being coolant...still need to check my coolant level though
     
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