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Se Habla EspanolGoose Automotive - Colorado St
Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(210) 520-0608
Se Habla EspanolGoose Automotive 2 - Bandera Rd
Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
(210) 432-4000

When Should I Be Concerned About My Exhaust Smoke

When Should I Be Concerned About My Exhaust Smoke

Vapors coming out of your exhaust pipe is typically harmless, but it can be an indication that your engine needs some special care. We want to clear the air on any tailpipe problem you may be having. 

Color

The color of the emission coming from your exhaust pipe can signify whether or not you have an exhaust problem on your hands. The least concerning color to see is a light translucent color, as it's most likely condensation. You're most likely going to see this on cold, winter days. 

If your exhaust pipe is discharging black smoke, it means that your vehicle is burning too much fuel or there's a clog in your fuel return line. Though this can be a simple fix, you should still get it repaired as soon as possible.

White and blue smoke is the most concerning exhaust smoke colors. Believe it or not, it can be challenging to differentiate the three. White smoke can often indicate a coolant leak, and blue-ish gray smoke signifies an oil leak. Running too low on these two fluids can wreak havoc on your engine parts. So if you notice these colors in your exhaust smoke, please seek immediate professional help.

Smell

You've probably smelled an abundance of odors coming from other vehicles on the road before. If your car is blowing out a repulsive smell, you should take it to Goose Automotive ASAP. Also, please do not directly sniff the exhaust smoke as it can be hazardous.

 

If you aren't sure whether you're dealing with an exhaust problem, it's better off for you to take it to a mechanic anyway. A certified professional will assess the smoke more accurately in person than over a phone call. However, if you have any questions or concerns or would like to make an appointment, please get in touch with Goose Automotive at your earliest convenience. 

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