Can You Have White Exhaust Smoke With a Blown Intake Manifold Gasket?

by Robert Tomashek

Smoke coming from the exhaust indicates a problem with your car, but the color of the smoke can point you towards the correct diagnosis. Different smoke colors can be caused by the following issues: grey or black smoke can be a rich condition, white smoke can be burning coolant, blue smoke can be burning oil.

Intake manifold leaks.

A leaking intake manifold gasket can cause white smoke from the exhaust, if the engine has coolant flowing through the intake manifold. A dry intake manifold will not cause this symptom.

About the Author

Robert Tomashek is an automobile technician and educator with more than 15 years of experience. He is ASE master certified and also carries certifications from IMACA, MOOG, Monroe, EPA and Four Seasons. He has a degree in automotive/diesel technology. He has written articles for various websites and teaches automotive technology at Universal Technical Institute.

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