1997 Chevy Cavalier excessive smoking

Tiny
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  • 1997 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 119,000 MILES
Yesterday my car started excessively smoking. So much so I thought the car was on fire. But after a couple of minutes, the smoking all but stopped. At no time did the car run rough or misfire. Only when I looked into my rearview mirror did I see the smoke coming out of the exhaust. Any ideas about what could be causing this?
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 AT 5:37 PM

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Tiny
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What color was the smoke?
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 AT 7:28 PM
Tiny
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The smoke was white.
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Sunday, January 17th, 2010 AT 12:06 AM
Tiny
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White is from water or anti-freeze. Is the coolant level low?
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Monday, January 18th, 2010 AT 11:23 AM
Tiny
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The coolant level is good. The car never over heated.

Could oil mixing with gas in one or more cylinders be the cause of the smoke?
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Monday, January 18th, 2010 AT 10:33 PM
Tiny
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If oil was getting into the cylinder (which is possible) it would be blue not white.
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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 AT 8:09 PM

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