Mechanics

XLT 4X4 WITH 3.0L FLEX FUEL ENGINE IT HAS A SLIGHT WHITE SMOKE WITH FLUID COMING OUT OF THE EXHAUST

2000 Ford Ranger • 155,000 miles

At startup, and occassionally when running. There is no water in the oil, no loss of coolant, and no overheating. I cant figure it out. Flushed the radiator, changed the oil, changed the plugs. Everything looks fine. Some people I know said it may be a bad head gasket but there is no signs of it if there is. There is the slight smoke and fluid but it just doesnt seem like it.
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March 27, 2012.




You can purchase a head gasket test kit at most chain parts stores.

Rivermikerat
Mar 27, 2012.
Are you overheating? Is the smoke constant even though the engine is warmed- If not could be just condensation/moisture-but check it anyway with a cooling system pressure tester

Tiny
Rasmataz
Mar 27, 2012.
No overheating, and it smokes at startup, then off and on sometimes after engine is warm. Never has a constant white smoke. Thats what I couldnt understand.

Tiny
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Mar 27, 2012.
Sure its not blue smoke blend with white-could be a valve seals problem or just condensation.

Tiny
Rasmataz
Mar 27, 2012.
Just white smoke, like steam almost. How much will the cooling system pressure tester cost me? Thanks for the help.

Tiny
Term
Mar 27, 2012.
You should be able to borrow one from a store such as Autozone or Pep Boys

Rivermikerat
Mar 27, 2012.
You should be able to borrow one from such stores as Autozone and Pep Boys and O'Reilly's.

Rivermikerat
Mar 27, 2012.
Would a combustion leak tester work as effectively? Its the one where the fluid changes colors. I can buy one of those for around $30
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Tiny
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Mar 27, 2012.
Yes, it could.

Rivermikerat
Mar 27, 2012.
Also, When I drive the truck the smoke/fluid goes away completely. Wouldnt it get worse if it was a blown head gasket?

Tiny
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Mar 28, 2012.

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