Happy Thanksgiving! My Toyota Highlander 2005 has a more than normal amount of smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe coupled with a knocking noise (that goes from louder to softer) upon starting the car. The smoke does not go away. There is a strong gasoline smell also. What is happening? I'm afraid to drive it. I'm a single mother and low on funds so I'm hoping this is not going to be an expensive fix!
Also the heater is not working in the car, only the A/C.
Thanks for your help!
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 AT 5:05 PM
Check the engine oil level and top up if necessarily.
Ensure coolant level is correct. You need to check at radiator end when engine is cold.
Based on symptoms, this might not be a cheap fix.