Generally, the exhaust coming from the vehicle is invisible, however there are times when the exhaust coming out of your tailpipe are different colors. When the colors become more and more excessive, it can give anyone anxiety as it indicates a problem, some problems are far worse than others. Today, we at NonStop Towing would like to identify the common exhaust colors and what they indicate to help you find the right solution.
Blue Exhaust Smoke from Exhaust at High RPM
It is not seen every day, but that bluish grey exhaust smoke can be troubling. It is likely that you have an oil leak problem, though this color does not necessarily suggest immediate danger. The blueish grey exhaust smoke will result when oil enters a vehicle’s combustion chamber and mixes with fuel. Some additional stress that can damage piston rings and cause an oil leak as this can also happen after modifying the power input of your engine. Also, an oil leak can also be the result of a worn cylinder walls and valve seals. The concern is likely with the piston rings in the event your vehicle emits blue exhaust during acceleration. To prevent additional damage, you should have the vehicle towed to your mechanic.
Grey Smoke from Exhaust on Startup
Grey exhaust is never a good symptom. You should have your car towed to a mechanic as soon as you can when you first see the exhaust. A cracked cylinder head or a damaged engine block, and the grey exhaust can be caused by an internal leaking head gasket. Your engine coolant can enter the combustion chamber where it burns and evaporates with a leaking gasket. Your engine can easily overheat sooner than later, particularly in warm weather, once the coolant is depleted. Being serious concerns, the damaged cylinder heads and engine should be addressed immediately.
Black Smoke from Exhaust when Accelerating
Black exhaust smoke, surprisingly, is not as dangerous as persistent grey exhaust smoke. Black smoke, is however, a problem that needs to be remedied as quickly as possible. The air filter is clogged, a blocked manifold, or the fuel injection system is not working efficiently are all potential sources of the black exhaust smoke. As a result of your vehicle burning more fuel than is normally required, the decreased fuel economy is usually associated with black exhaust smoke.
Car Blowing White Smoke but Not Overheating
White exhaust smoke doesn’t necessarily indicate something is wrong with your vehicle, compared to blue, grey, and black exhaust. When the drastically different temperatures meet, on cold days, the combustion will create a vapor. Leaking coolant, a broken fuel pumping injection, among other problems, can be underlying issue. In any case, it is in your better interest to call for a tow truck and have the vehicle taken to a mechanic for diagnosis and repairs.
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