2001 CHEVY MALIBU WHITE SMOKE COMING OUT THE EXHAUST PIPES

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  • tenna
  • 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

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2001 Chevy Malibu 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 145555 miles

ok I recently just got a oil change 2 weeks ago now when im at a red light or something and I excelerate fast white smoke comes out the exhaust pipes what is that and what should I do

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 7:30 PM

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  • soufcarolina29
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The white smoke usually means water is getting into your engine. It could be from the head gasket. You definitely want to get that checked out immediately.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 9:02 PM
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So if I replace my water pump would that resolve my problems cause I took it to the shop and they say just buy a new engine I cant afford that

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 2:45 PM
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Replacing the water pump isnt going to solve that problem. I have a friend with a 2001 Impala that had the same problem. He had to replace his head gasket. U could have a bad intake gasket, head gasket or bad seals. Either way I would take it to a professional. Replacing a gasket is cheaper than an entire engine.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2009 AT 12:55 AM
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So why did it wait till I got a oil change for this to start happening

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 2:51 PM
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Hello,

soufcarolina29 is correct about it being a head gasket or intake gasket. And you should have it checked and repaired as soon as you can. Any garage that says you need a new engine, don't deal with. However if you run it to long you can and will do enough damage to the engine that you will need a new engine.

It was just a coincidence. If you had been later getting the oil change it would have happen before hand. There is no set time or place that a head gasket or intake gasket or for that matter any gasket or seal in an engine to decide it has had enough and it fail.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 3:48 PM
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So how much does a head gasket job runs

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 5:34 PM
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A lot will depend on the labor rate and parts cost in your area. It can cost from $1,000 - $1,500.

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Sunday, April 5th, 2009 AT 8:13 PM

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