2000 TOYOTA CAMRY EXHAUST

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  • latinboy909
  • 2000 Toyota Camry
  • 109,960 miles

Just wanted to know if there could be an issue with my car. Several times in the morning or whenever I start my car for the first time in the day there's this white or kinda blue-ish smoke that comes out from the muffler. It doesn't happen often. No codes or check engine light is on. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Monday, July 29th, 2013 AT 10:43 AM

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  • Jacobandnickolas
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Many times, condensation collects in the exhaust that can cause steam to come out when it first starts to run. However, blue smoke would indicate oil being burned. That could be from many things. Also, true white smoke is often an indicator that the head gasket is bad and allowing coolant to get into the combustion chamber.

If you are not adding coolant, chances are that isn't the problem. Also, if there is no oil consumption, then I really wouldn't think that is an issue either.

Let me know if you have other questions.

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Monday, July 29th, 2013 AT 12:55 PM
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Is it an indication that the engine might die on me? I'm not adding coolant. When there's smoke it does give me a weird smell.

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 AT 2:15 PM
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  • Jacobandnickolas
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I don't think it will die on you, but you may have the start of a bad head gasket.

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 AT 9:28 PM
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Oh ok. How much do I expect on repairing it? And this morning I had trouble starting the engine. It started on the 3rd time. Thanks for your advice

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 AT 12:54 PM
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  • Jacobandnickolas
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It is hard for me to give a price because I don't know where you live. However, it is roughly a 500.00 dollar job around here.

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 AT 8:51 PM

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