1997 Chevrolet Malibu

Engine Mechanical problem
1997 Chevy Malibu 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 149258 miles

My car has some issues when its just sitting there its fine but idles at 500RPM's when I put it in drive it idles low and wants to die and when I give it gas I have to pretty much put the peddle as far as it will go before it will move and when I go to stop it wants to die also theres a real rich lean gas smell of white smoke coming out of the exhaust when giving it gas and idling please help this is my only transportation?
January 5, 2009.

White smoke is water in the exgust blue would be oil and black is fuel I would pull the plugs and pressure test the cooling system this will tell u if u have a blown headgasket also change the fuel filter if it passes the pressure test and a new set of spark plugs wouldnt hurt again only if it passes the pressure testhope this helps lsauto

Jan 13, 2009.