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 Post subject: Not losing coolant but water out the exhaust?
Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:46 pm 
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a little mystery, i was on a run from one town to another & i over took a mate & he promptly messaged me "you have tons of water & smoke coming out of your exhaust" i know what you all are thinking "headgasket" right? wrong! compression checks are fine and i'm not losing any coolant, not even a little! levels have been constant for months, I'm not losing coolant not even a tiny drop!

the smoke can be put down to worn valves because the car is approaching 400k and it's been a towing rig, & skid rig, a rally rig, a Taxi, a long distance driver, basically it's had a hard life & it's set to retire shortly because of bad rust! :cry:

it starts first time every time, doesn't cough or splutter & has plenty of power and doesn't lose coolant! but despite coolant levels remaining level i still have water coming out the exhaust?

can anyone shed any light on this mystery?

 

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 Post subject: Re: Not losing coolant but water out the exhaust?
Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:13 am 
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What colour was the smoke?

Could be wrong, but excess fuel being pushed out of the exhaust before it can evaporate? I mean they run rich as is at normal acceleration.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Not losing coolant but water out the exhaust?
Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:49 pm 
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phongus wrote:
What colour was the smoke?

Could be wrong, but excess fuel being pushed out of the exhaust before it can evaporate? I mean they run rich as is at normal acceleration.


from what i was told it was dark grey, I'm pretty sure the cat has collapsed at some stage judging by the exhaust rattles and off the line acceleration (then gets to a certain speed & voom! rocket ship!) but now the rattle has stopped and acceleration seems better.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Not losing coolant but water out the exhaust?
Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:35 am 
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From what I remember, bluish smoke is oil burning, white smoke = water vapour, black smoke = excessive fuel.

Are you going through oil? Could be leaking valve or stuck PCV?

Seeing it is dark grey, could be a mix between excessive fuel and a bit of burning oil? I assume only under heavy acceleration.

 

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