Rough idle and smoke

Tiny
NATHANIELDAVIDJAMES
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  • 2005 BMW 545I
  • 4.4L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 155,000 MILES
I am having a rough idle and it seems to get rougher if I put it in reverse or park. I also have an all cylinder misfire and I have white smoke coming from the passenger side of the engine.
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Friday, October 12th, 2018 AT 7:29 AM

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Tiny
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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.com.

The white smoke sounds like steam. Have you checked for a coolant leak?

Take a look through this link.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/coolant-leak-symptoms

This link describes how to locate a leak.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/radiator-pressure-test

Now, if all cylinders are misfiring, it sounds like you may have a head gasket issue or the intake manifold is leaking. Here is a link that describes how to check for a bad head gasket. Follow the directions and let me know what you find. Also, if possible, could you provide the trouble codes from the computer? If all cylinders are misfiring, the check engine light should be on. Thus, there will be trouble codes.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/head-gasket-blown-test

Check these few things and let me know what you find.

Take care,
Joe
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