White smoke on startup

Tiny
96RAM318
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  • 1996 DODGE RAM
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 118,082 MILES
Sometimes puff of white smoke comes out upon startup. Did lose some coolant, but when I topped coolant off no smoke or rought start ups? Also no coolant ever got mixed with engine oil. It never smoked when warmed only at startup anyone that can tell me what it was?
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Sunday, September 6th, 2009 AT 5:37 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I don't know where you live, but if it's cool outside, it could just be condensation from the exhaust system. If you have to add coolant often, it could still be a head gasket even though it isn't getting into the oil.

this guide will help

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/white-smoke-or-steam-coming-from-the-exhaust-pipe

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Saturday, September 12th, 2009 AT 6:51 PM
Tiny
WEAVERCOREY
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  • V8
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  • 100,900 MILES
My truck when started spits out a little white smoke, and also when accelerating after 3500 rpm in 1st through 3rd gear I think it may be the valve seals but im not sure, and how would I go about fixing this
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Thursday, December 19th, 2019 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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White smoke indicates coolant is burning within the combustion chambers and Blue smoke is oil.

If its actually white could be the headgasket, cracked head or block and intake leak-is the engine temperature rising to an abnormal level?
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Thursday, December 19th, 2019 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)
Tiny
WEAVERCOREY
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No the temperature stays constant even with extended driving, and the coolant level doesn't change either
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Thursday, December 19th, 2019 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)
Tiny
RASMATAZ
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Are you sure its white?

My truck when started spits out a little white smoke, If not could be just condensation if not get it block and pressure tested
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Thursday, December 19th, 2019 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)
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CHICO23
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1996 Dodge Ram 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

My Ram Van 1500 has a problem it burns oil alot it does not leak or anything I do not know what it is and also when you start it it throw white smoke
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Thursday, December 19th, 2019 AT 11:58 AM (Merged)
Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Hi there,

I would start with having a wet & dry compression test done as I feel that your problem will be ring related, if this is so, you should consider re building the engine.

Mark (mhpautos)
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