Top 5 Reasons Your Car Is Smoking Out the Tailpipe - And How to Diagnose Them

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In this video I will give you the top 5 reasons why your car maybe smoking out of its tailpipe. Not always smoke coming out of your tailpipe is a devastating engine problem, sometimes its as simple as having too much oil in your engine, having a bad pcv valve, having a rich air fuel mixture and on the other hand you maybe burning engine oil or coolant which will require you to spend a bit of money to fix.
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RebelWraith 81
RebelWraith 81 Օր առաջ
I have an 07 toyota avalon that smokes but doesn't seem to use oil.
samslop
samslop 5 օր առաջ
Good
James Voss
James Voss 8 օր առաջ
I have a 87 Mustang 2.3 sometimes when I start the car up it smokes I honestly think I put to much oil in the car but lately I will get going up a hill in it just let's out a big cloud of smoke!! I don't understand the PVC valve it's a EFI motor but u can't get ur hand in there it looks like it runs from 1 hose then into another hose cause the PVC valve is up by the distributor in its like I said plugs into another hose that I don't know where it goes!!! The car has been running ruff new plugs distributor cap rotor I tried to set the timing 10 degrees btc but it doesn't want to take!! It will be running fine then when u like go to get on the highway it will spit sputter then just take off like a rocket!! Like it needed to burp even on regular street it will do the same thing if stop at a stop sign then pull it doesn't feel like it has power then it will kick in! It feels like TFI module maybe I can't find anything about a 2.3 1987 Mustang 4cyl it's 93 models in my car has a distributor not coil packs!!
glaciuscinder
glaciuscinder 14 օր առաջ
Great video. 🙂👍
mika chicha
mika chicha 15 օր առաջ
Loving it
Skylee Stapleton
Skylee Stapleton 20 օր առաջ
What if there's no smoke but a smell of gasoline or oil not sure if that's normal or not
New Tab
New Tab 23 օր առաջ
that is a beautiful truck, ive never seen a truck that nice. Is it brand new? its so clean and high tech looking, one if a kind. i would love to buy it for whatever the asking price is cost is not a concern.
ako mohamad
ako mohamad 24 օր առաջ
my audi spark pluge brok the little metal on the spark pluge drop it dawn between wallce and sitter,do you thing damage the head cylinder or not?
David James
David James Ամիս առաջ
Going to diagnose my 99 suburban just over 300k miles on 454 big block shouldn't be smoking
grant fryer
grant fryer Ամիս առաջ
my tail pipe smokes a lot after chilli the wife hates it
Manny Guardado
Manny Guardado Ամիս առաջ
I hope is not the stem seals 😭😭 sounds a bit expenssive 😭
Cha Nse
Cha Nse Ամիս առաջ
Thanks this helped alot
Rapid Transit
Rapid Transit Ամիս առաջ
Great video. It's got to be PVC valve. Or I added oil to the car yesterday. But its at the top of the fill line. Maybe my car likes it better if the oil is low.
James. T Russworm
James. T Russworm 2 ամիս առաջ
I thought this was gonna be a joke video...
Shahid Khattak
Shahid Khattak 2 ամիս առաջ
The smoke is not black its same clouds..? Any solution u can give. Im waiting for your opinion thanks
Shahid Khattak
Shahid Khattak 2 ամիս առաջ
Sir Thanks In my car i saw theres smoke Toyota Hiluxe 2006
Supernova
Supernova 2 ամիս առաջ
I have white smoke on cold starts for 1-2 minutes. My car has 150k miles but has been well taken care of and has never overheated. Hoping that I don't have to replace the car it anytime soon.
Sarah Grace Brooks
Sarah Grace Brooks 2 ամիս առաջ
Would water in the oil be an indicator of a blown head gasket along with a bad miss?
wshyar Ramadhan
wshyar Ramadhan 2 ամիս առաջ
wish you the best
Valeria Provencio
Valeria Provencio 2 ամիս առաջ
Is there a reasonable price for fixing the thick white smoke coming from my exhaust pipe? I don’t want to be taken advantage of. I’m a single mother and I’ll be broke because of this for Christmas. In case it matters, my car is a 2016 Buick Encore. Thank you for your response.
edgardo jualo
edgardo jualo 2 ամիս առաջ
Well explained
Anton Trinh
Anton Trinh 2 ամիս առաջ
I dump the whole jug of oil , I think I over fill and flood my engine. Crazy white smoke out exhaust pipe
Erkthejerk Jerk
Erkthejerk Jerk 3 ամիս առաջ
My truck quit smoking once I put it on the patch.
Agustin Cortes
Agustin Cortes 3 ամիս առաջ
Like the comment if you liked the video because you like his accent
Jd Dm
Jd Dm 3 ամիս առաջ
Just don't buy a car on a cold day or you may get scammed.
Ahmad El-khatib
Ahmad El-khatib 3 ամիս առաջ
Go EVs
Wanda Cook
Wanda Cook 3 ամիս առաջ
Are you still on the internet
GLENN Cleveland
GLENN Cleveland 3 ամիս առաջ
Have a question have recently had a random misfire on a GMC TERRAIN 2010 SLE 2.4l Now I change the spark plugs and P0300 codes finally clear but noticed I smell a gas on oil dipstick and idea how I might be able to fix it also have a P0172 Code only one that comes up that I need to take care of at this time but haven't driven The SUV Till I narrow down the gas in the oil
carlos C.C.T.1
carlos C.C.T.1 4 ամիս առաջ
What aabout a rebuild engine aand keeps burning oil ? Done the rebuild at a profecional shop
carlos C.C.T.1
carlos C.C.T.1 4 ամիս առաջ
Dude nice to see you . glad you still on here
David Smith
David Smith 4 ամիս առաջ
What about exhaust manifold catalytic converter cause my car keep getting water or coolant shooting up from were the spark plugs is nd my car keep over heating then i noticed my exhaust manifold have a bunch of cracks so should i change that and hope it'll work
JanCarlo Cuarto
JanCarlo Cuarto 4 ամիս առաջ
Perfect, thanks.
Art Martinez
Art Martinez 4 ամիս առաջ
My car smokes only when turning on. Where do I start. Thanks
twr12345
twr12345 4 ամիս առաջ
Thank you for your clear explanations and for clean language throughout! Too bad it is so hard to find channels like this, but i definitely subscribed.
Dillon Metalhead
Dillon Metalhead 4 ամիս առաջ
Thank you! Very good video!
James Tonga
James Tonga 4 ամիս առաջ
Great video, thanks for your help!
JoeJoe MoreChrist
JoeJoe MoreChrist 4 ամիս առաջ
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melvin wafula
melvin wafula 4 ամիս առաջ
I got huge anxiety from this.
King Freedom
King Freedom 4 ամիս առաջ
Very very very lightly
Video Alley
Video Alley 4 ամիս առաջ
What if it only smokes when aircon is on, what could be the culprit?
Carl Thornton
Carl Thornton 5 ամիս առաջ
OK!!!
Julian KURE
Julian KURE 5 ամիս առաջ
I have a 2005 nissan maxima 198k miles with light white cloudy smoke from start up till heavy pillows of smoke as i throttle the vehicle. i changed the pcv and checked the oil and coolant 3 times and did oil chnages 2 times out of those 3 times. I have clean vale covers and spark plugs. my other 3 options left are the piston rings, valve stems or fuel injectors. Based from those three choices which would you say have the highest chances of it being one of the 3?
Princess M
Princess M 5 ամիս առաջ
Very useful thank you so much
PlatinumPerfect
PlatinumPerfect 5 ամիս առաջ
My 350z is misfiring in cyl 2 and FLOODS white smoke super milky thick smoke out the exhuast, any ideas of how to fix?
James Bookman
James Bookman 5 ամիս առաջ
I have been going crazy with white smoke on sharp turns or hard breaking. 2018 Nissan Pathfinder then I have a clanging sound
Sherry Jones
Sherry Jones 5 ամիս առաջ
I have a 2005 honda odyssey.. just recently started the blue smoke.. not all the time.. once in a while when I start it up and when I get on the interstate and accelerate.... Once the vehicle is warmed up, it doesn't smoke that I've seen. What could be the cause. PLEASE HELP. THANKS! :)
jmb 1970
jmb 1970 5 ամիս առաջ
a tiny bit of blue smoke is coming outta my car at start up . only for a second and it disappears completely .im always changing oil on time every 4-4500 k miles . car is a 2000 has 144k . your thoughts ?
Mcdonald Cantor
Mcdonald Cantor 5 ամիս առաջ
The homegirl said It's smoking... That B**** it's selling quick and she said she got the fire 🔥?... No way..... the only fire is my money being burn...
Christo Fortuin
Christo Fortuin 5 ամիս առաջ
Can somebody tel me if a injector can cause Smoke on a diesel truck, please?
Nahid Ahmed
Nahid Ahmed 6 ամիս առաջ
great vid...learned a lot
Said mohammed
Said mohammed 6 ամիս առաջ
Hei..does diesel engine has pcv valve?
Otis Mckinney
Otis Mckinney 6 ամիս առաջ
Big question, I have a 1969 gmc c2500 truck an only when I drive 60 mph or over blue smoke comes out. What do think may be the problem?
Jack Rivas
Jack Rivas 4 ամիս առաջ
I like how they never answer questions. 🤦‍♂️
Smith Martine
Smith Martine 6 ամիս առաջ
Hey my car toyota avensis 2007 petrol. coolen loss and whit smoke puff out butt no over heating
green rushrelief
green rushrelief 6 ամիս առաջ
Liked, subscribed, and rang the bell. #6 Unstick your thermostat by changing it. Get your fan to turn by replacing the fan clutch with an electric fan. Then you got to change the alternator, it never ends, like a good woman.
jamjr1972
jamjr1972 6 ամիս առաջ
I put seafoam in the tank and white smoke came out
Wayne Reid
Wayne Reid 7 ամիս առաջ
I have a ford f150 in jamaica leaking oil tru the tailpipe and smokes white smoke when it drives sorry you wasnt in my country
Andrews posts
Andrews posts 7 ամիս առաջ
my kid put 10 litres of oil in his 2001 silverado.. he ran it for about 5 minutes then it died... we drained the oil and put 5 ltrs back in and now were getting white smoke,....Im going to try the pcv and run it for a couple hours,and hope it works.. thx for vid,, any other suggestions it never over heated so i dont think its a gasket issue, but there is toonees of smoke..
gerard
gerard 7 ամիս առաջ
👍👍🏾
HHO ACMEC
HHO ACMEC 7 ամիս առաջ
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jedediahbc
jedediahbc 7 ամիս առաջ
Wonderful info thank you for your videos.
Paciencia 095
Paciencia 095 7 ամիս առաջ
Always good to check the engine manual or ask the shop how much oil it needs, I have a motor with a stick thats not original and if you fill up the oil by the stick you put +1 extra liter than needed on the engine wich causes those issues you said.
MichaelGR95US
MichaelGR95US 7 ամիս առաջ
I'm getting white smoke from my tailpipe but its around 73 degrees outside (at night), very humid outside but after like maybe a minute or so, it starts smoking up only when idle and it gets slightly heavier when driving or just revving up the engine. I'm not seeing any fluid leaks or anything because I check my fluids before driving the past few days so I can already assume there no leaks but then again, my car was sitting for about a month or so before I started driving again.
hunter alber
hunter alber 7 ամիս առաջ
I subbed!
JOY Chowdhury
JOY Chowdhury 7 ամիս առաջ
Thank you RnW for this vid, very informative. I'm now taking the bus
MCFC
MCFC 8 ամիս առաջ
3:20 - air filter? looks like a pollen filter
Waqas Ali
Waqas Ali 8 ամիս առաջ
Hi, it's a great and helpful video but I have a question that why engine smokes when we change oil from one company to another company like from Shell to Caltex.
Yung. Flexs
Yung. Flexs 8 ամիս առաջ
Why is there a Little Rock in my exhaust. A small looking rock that has a bunch of holes in it
Great gameplays, walkthroughs, reviews
Great gameplays, walkthroughs, reviews 8 ամիս առաջ
I place a drop from the oil on a paper (for my coffee machine) ans wait 1 day to see the results.
Manny Vargas
Manny Vargas 8 ամիս առաջ
What result r u suppose to see in that oil
Lisha Wallace
Lisha Wallace 8 ամիս առաջ
My mechanic did a compression test and said I had two cylinders that were at 65 psi . He said it needed to Be rebuilt. The motor was smoking and eating oil as well. A friend of mine said she had similar problems and used a product called ARFT solutions. I used the treatment and I’m amazed no more smoking and my power is back. My 1996 Ford F-250 is Back! www.arftsolution.com. Just wanted to let you know.
Jennydiaz202
Jennydiaz202 8 ամիս առաջ
Mine get blue smoke if idle, the more time it idles the more smoke when i start driving
Nah Bruh
Nah Bruh 7 ամիս առաջ
You have a turbo In your car?
Papa Thi
Papa Thi 8 ամիս առաջ
My car hijet why injection fuel over full
Russell Gilbert
Russell Gilbert 8 ամիս առաջ
Very helpful videos. Keep up the good work, my man.
TurtleMotoNation
TurtleMotoNation 9 ամիս առաջ
If you've got a Diesel, Black smoke will mean you're running just right 😂 Edit: Just came here to comment this
Mercury 02
Mercury 02 8 ամիս առաջ
That’s wasted horsepower kid. Also let’s everyone know you don’t have anything special in your briefs
David Carravaggio
David Carravaggio 9 ամիս առաջ
Great vid
Taha Mohamad
Taha Mohamad 9 ամիս առաջ
I bought 2006 Audi A6 4.2L V8 Quattro s-line with 200KM. Never had an issue with it. After I purchased an octane booster Gumout max racing a day or two afterwards I started to see white smoke coming from my exhaust. No smell or anything. Any ideas?
kevin ferrell
kevin ferrell 9 ամիս առաջ
1991 Chevy Silverado 5.7 135.000 miles My truck just started smoking out of 1 side. Drivers side, Heavy Blue smoke when u rive it up. Started doing this after i changed oil with 4 quarts oil plus 1 quart Lucas Oil stab.. I also changed out 1 injector tbi throttle body with New/reman. injector. Also replaced oil pressure sensor.. Now it started smoking blue smoke out of just one side. IT also still running rich/flooding but no misfire or loss of power i dont think but i havent road it yet. I think i make have a broke oil ring but hoping not. All help appreciated.
pavy415
pavy415 9 ամիս առաջ
I haven't driven or turned my car on for a week I turned it on now finally and it started smoking like crazy but it went away after a couple of minutes why is that ?
Bryce Lund
Bryce Lund 7 ամիս առաջ
Like he said it was most likely the hot exhaust fumes meeting cold air and condensing.
Joyce Griggs
Joyce Griggs 9 ամիս առաջ
What about battery in stalk in car can't remove it
Tracy Gallaway
Tracy Gallaway 9 ամիս առաջ
There's a better way to restore old and tired engines that is brand new, and it works! It's called "Snake Oil" and works like a dream! Check it out: am-posts.info/list/uL2qtJfN1GqtrX4/video
El Gato Gordo
El Gato Gordo 10 ամիս առաջ
Last year I bought a used long block for my 97 Accord 2.2 for under $80. The guy told me the engine idled poorly and had blue smoke coming from the tail pipe. Further inspection revealed excessive oil in one spark plug and oil seepage from the exhaust. Disassembled the engine and found a burnt exhaust valve probably due to oil coming through the piston oil control ring. Purchased a re-ring kit and went to work. Found #3 pistons rings totally shot out and replaced the burnt valve. Put the engine together and she started! I was so glad since this was my first project I ever did putting an engine together. I gave the car to my son to get around town when he’s not deployed in the military. I bought the car for a great deal with mechanical issues. The owner said the engine sounded like a rod bearing was going bad. When I removed the oil pan, it looked like Tinker Bell’s Dad was living in the oil pan...I still have the original engine in the garage. Maybe I can bring it back to life??🤔
Semi Trucker
Semi Trucker 10 ամիս առաջ
Most underate channel
Jonathan Flores
Jonathan Flores 10 ամիս առաջ
You get right to the point👍💪
alfonso cano
alfonso cano 10 ամիս առաջ
I have a Toyota raw4 2008 and i have to add oil every 2 Wells. Do you know whats happening?
Big Lion
Big Lion 10 ամիս առաջ
Hi mate thank you for that nice explanation especially about the pcv valve ,only your explonations make to understand how it works . Ones again thank you for that 👌👌👌👌
Payton H.
Payton H. 10 ամիս առաջ
Believe mine is the the valve stem seals on my 85'
FraGRINtWoOkiE
FraGRINtWoOkiE 11 ամիս առաջ
You forgot to add that Vacuum leaks, can also cause a rich condition. I get it on the mercs, where the vacuum leak actually makes the car run lean, however it tries to compensate and overfuels the vehicle.
emanuel rebuelta
emanuel rebuelta 11 ամիս առաջ
My car exhust smells like gas
SparkTheBlunt
SparkTheBlunt 11 ամիս առաջ
Dead serious I was adding fuel last night and thinking about it I maybe have added to much but when my mom left w the car this morning I seen smoke (gray) come out the tail lights and then fire blew out WTF!!!!!
SANG THONG
SANG THONG 11 ամիս առաջ
Thanks
sasan_mhmmd mhmmd
sasan_mhmmd mhmmd 11 ամիս առաջ
Hello my friend, thank you so much for your helpful videos, I have got a question, my BMW was flooded and now when I start the engine it smokes, what would you suggest? Thank you
Motorola CPS Vault
Motorola CPS Vault 11 ամիս առաջ
Read this.... If your having a hard time understanding PCV The intake manifold sucks like a vacume. PERIOD... INTAKE SUCKS LIKE VACUME. The pcv clogs the intake from Vacuming the pressure from the valve cover. The pcv works like a thermostat. When the crank builds from exhaust pressure... the pressure pushes the valve open. When the valve "PCV" opens the intake sucks it super fast into intake to get burned. Why sucked into intake Rather than blown out a filter Because pollution reasons. Do you need a PCV to run and drive. No! You can delete the pcv and run a vac hose to a small filter and the build up of pressure will be released once pressurizing. Note: Pistons have 2 types of rings. If anyone of 2 rings go bad Car will smoke -Compression rings - oil rings If compression rings go bad you get blow by gasses into oil crank case Then the oil works it's way into intake manifold by pressure Or... Bad Oil rings scrapes oil into combustion chamber making smoke. Delete the pcv and clog the breather hose to intake and see if car smokes Is oil cap sucking ot blowing Blowing means bad compression rings or bad pcv valve Sucking means bad You ain't got a pcv and your sucking your oil in valve cover straight into your intake making car smoke like crazy Pcv does 2 things Keeps engine from sucking in oil Keeps engine from over pressurizing crank case. Use a pcv or.. delete it and clog intake part to breather hose to pcv Simple fix. Cars with bad piston rings will smoke out exhaust because oil gets past piston rings into exhaust Or... The pressure builds up from piston
Keith Din
Keith Din 11 ամիս առաջ
My Chrysler Neon 2005 emits a blue smoke for about 10 seconds every time i start it, early morning. But anyway, i have noticed an oily pan underneath, a year ago! Time to take then engine down and replace his gasket and stem seal?
J V
J V 11 ամիս առաջ
I have a GM 3.8Lt gas carb engine. Engine idles & runs fine. Don't smoke at idle nor while engine runs on the road. BUT, ONLY smokes white at acceleration. Plus, this just stared AFTER I changed the oil. As I've always done for 27yrs. That's how long I've had this car. My QUESTION- Why is it smoking like this, ONLY when i press on the gas from a Full STOP? Visually, everything looks ok.
Cathy M Phillips
Cathy M Phillips Տարի առաջ
Thank you. 😉 $4.00 PCV VALVE. I was thinking about buying new car.
Marilyn Ruiz
Marilyn Ruiz 2 ամիս առաջ
Hi Cathy. Did you replace yourself?
Technetic
Technetic Տարի առաջ
Thanks for your effort in making this video brother....
TheGrandCraft
TheGrandCraft Տարի առաջ
thanks for the information very explicative my car was burning oil after i started the engine changed the valve stems and problem solved .
Subarubuildz
Subarubuildz Տարի առաջ
Can a bad turbo also cause blue or grey smoke. It only does it when I shift from first to second on my 05 Subaru wrx.
Raider81 Black Hole
Raider81 Black Hole Տարի առաջ
The owner of the dirty air filter that you showed to the right,should be arrested(lol).
MW2 Diety
MW2 Diety Տարի առաջ
I thumbed down because you cut corners,Specifically on number 5 and white smoke everyone including my 63 year old mother knows the coolant explanation. You said nothing about Intake manifold or anything else related too white smoke and that’s lazy. I do enjoy most of your content however. Even though it’s basics there’s a refreshing feel to the way you do things.👍🏻
Karen Plaza
Karen Plaza Տարի առաջ
Thank you for the great tips
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