1999 Dodge Dakota exhaust smoking

Tiny
KO3DUNN
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  • 1999 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 171,000 MILES
For a while now my truck is smoking alot when idleing. It has a sweet smell coming from exhaust. Does anyone know why? When I accelerate there is a ticking sound thats much louder when I dont warm the vehicle up. Also I think im leaking power steering fluid does that require replacing the punp, how can I check to make sure its power steering fluid I cant tell. You guys here are very helpful thank you for all your help.
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 AT 4:39 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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What color is the smoke that is coming from the exhaust? Also, as far as the power steering fluid, are you haveing to add fluid on a regular basis? Are you seeing puddles on the ground?
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 AT 10:56 PM
Tiny
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If the smoke is white you have a head gasket leaking. Check to see if you are low on antfreeze. If so ya might want to take it to a shop and get it checked. The ticking sounds like your rockers are not geting oil untill oil reaches them. They have new oil filters that have a silacone flap built in that is to eliminate dry starts. I have found this to help along with a oil stabalizer. The power steering is more than likely the return line or the power steering oil cooler.
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Monday, July 20th, 2009 AT 9:42 PM

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