1997 Porsche Boxster Water damage

Tiny
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  • 1997 PORSCHE BOXSTER
  • 121 MILES
Got caught in some water.
Just got out of shop. They replaced and changed oil. And Filter.
Housing air Cleaner and cleaned
Replace filter, engine air pipe, air intake
Replaced spark plugs
Diagnose engine
Now allot of white smoke blowing out
Wht is wrong?
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Saturday, October 12th, 2013 AT 8:11 AM

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Tiny
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White smoke from the exhaust is normally a sign of burning engine coolant from a leaking cylinder head gasket, but in this case, water could have gotten into the exhaust system and is boiling off. You didn't say if this was a hard rain storm or the car was submerged for hours. Was the engine running at the time or just sitting outside? If engine performance is normal, and the coolant level is not dropping, the problem should clear up on its own. If the coolant level IS dropping, you can verify a leaking head gasket by adding a small bottle of dark purple dye to the coolant, then check later with a black light. The dye will show up as a bright yellow stain that you can follow back to the source. If the head gasket is leaking, you'll see the dye inside the tail pipe.
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Saturday, October 12th, 2013 AT 1:44 PM
Tiny
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Hello. And thank u for answering.
Car is 97 Porsche Boxster brakes were wet. Tried not to go out in street. But brakes didn't hold so had to drive in it 1/2 block pulled up to high land let sit all nite. Got it next day. Burned white smoke off 4 15 min. Ran good.
Then told friend about it he said sounded rough to him. Called ins. So took in for ck. They changed oil filter plugs. Cleaned filter etc.
So picked up. Drove ok. The. This morning. Puff white to light. Light blue came out. Drive 5 miles. Ok the. Headed back to studio. Then light light blue white smoke poured out all ove rode. Bad bad. Then came to light. It shut off. Started up. Then sounded little rough and more smoke. Got back to studio call tow back to shop. Plzz help. Thx. KK
Appreciate ur option.
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Saturday, October 12th, 2013 AT 7:06 PM
Tiny
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Having a hard time understanding that description. Based on the smoke, I'd have your mechanic do a chemical test at the radiator for a leaking head gasket. If that is negative, use the dye in the coolant, then check inside the tail pipe.
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Saturday, October 12th, 2013 AT 7:29 PM
Tiny
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Thank u so much. Will do. Do u think water damaged could have factored in to the smoking oil?
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Sunday, October 13th, 2013 AT 4:13 PM
Tiny
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Nothing you've said so far really suggests water damage. Typically the car needs to be submerged above the bottoms of the doors before there's cause for concern. Brakes can get wet from driving through deep water, but those will dry off very quickly.
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Sunday, October 13th, 2013 AT 6:53 PM

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