I have white smoke coming from the tail pipe, what are the recommended solutions?

Asked by Feb 14, 2013 at 02:43 PM about the 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

White smoke from the tail pipe. Do I need to do valves and rings or are there other less involved repairs
that can be made ie; change hoses, filters, etc.. The car has 133,000 miles and I have put in a new
exhaust system. Saw on a T.V. show that there might be a crankcase filter which if cleaned could
eliminate or decrease emission. I seek advice

4 Answers

Your car has coolant in the exhaust. This is never good. Now we have to figure out from where. I'd start with the head gasket, but it could be a (god forbid) cracked block. Cracked heads are not as expensive to replace, but we must start small. I can remember an Isuzu Impulse that kept gettin coolant in the oil, turns out the gasket just went smoosh and caused the leak. no prob. changed the gasket $25 and the weekend. big deal....point is may not be that terrible, if we are lucky. Did you look at your crankcase oil to see if it looks like a chocolate mousse?

1 people found this helpful.

,what brand of mousse?

lovely petrochemical mousse served in a dainty cup with a doily underneath, of course.

hey, I crossed three grand. That one about the hummer was murder. those folks were building a scaffold to hang me from--whew, see you've done a grand. will pipe-up if you ask but it's best if we all go honest....honest~

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:


Looking for a Used 280 in your area?

CarGurus has 23 nationwide 280 listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Mercedes-Benz 280 Experts

  • #1
    Mick Stewart
  • #2
  • #3
    Paul Matthews
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
64 Great Deals out of 2,876 listings starting at $4,930
Used Mercedes-Benz 300-Class
169 listings starting at $3,995
Used Porsche 911
70 Great Deals out of 4,576 listings starting at $9,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.