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06-20-03, 05:17 AM   #1  
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white smoke??

my 1991 toyota tercel smokes white when i start it for the first time, and some what while i'm driving it.. what type of test can i do to test the head gasket??

 
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06-20-03, 05:21 AM   #2  
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What does the smoke smell like? It could be a normal condition, valve stem seals, internal engine failure---may not be a head gasket. Antifreeze smells sweet and hangs in the air.

A good shop can find a bad head gasket in a jiffy with a coolant analyzer.

 
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06-20-03, 05:24 AM   #3  
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it does smells sweet and a white cloud of smoke stays around for a while..

 
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06-20-03, 12:29 PM   #4  
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Wasted head gasket and possibly cracked cylinder head. You'll have to send the head out to a machine shop to check for cracks and such.

 
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