Mechanics

WHITE SMOKE, SPRAY PAINT AND SWEET SMELL

Nissan Maxima

Here recently I have been noticing, when I crank my 01 Nissan Maxima, there is a cloud of white smoke and it flows the whole time the car is on, running or stopped. The smoke is grey to black when revving engine. There is also a spray paint smell and a kind of sweet smell, thats the only way I know to describe it. I have heard this could be bad fuel or could be a blown head gasket. I had a Mitsubishi Eclipse that did the same thing and it was a blown head gasket. Both of these cars were used, so Im starting to think I got screwed. I knew about the Eclipse. I resold it as needing new motor. I dont know what Im going to do about the Maxi, if this is the problem, because of the year, I wouldnt ecpect the car to have this type of problem already. If so, sounds like someone was rough on it. Thank you in advance for your feedback!
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Mbsnyder1102
January 16, 2006.



Total bummer. Smell indicates head gasket, as does the smoke.
I HOPE I'M WRONG!
Joe

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Joe C.
Jan 20, 2006.
If the previous owner let the car overheat, it could be either a blown headgasket, or a cracked block. Either one of those would let antifreeze into the combustion chambing and cause the white smoke.

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Daemon240sx
Jan 29, 2006.