White smoke from engine

Asked by Nov 22, 2014 at 04:57 PM about the 1998 Honda Civic

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I took my car in for an oil
change/servicing about a week ago.
I noticed that once, when starting up,
the car seemed to shake more than
usual for a second or two, but then
was fine.  I had no other problems -
driving about an hour a day for work
- until today.

Today I drove about an hour and a
half north, picked up a friend, and on
a side street while going downhill we
both suddenly noticed a burning
smell and saw white smoke coming
from the engine.  The heat gauge
said the temperature was fine.  I
pulled into a parking lot and popped
the hood - but we couldn't see
anything smoking - or smell anything.  
I turned the engine back on - and
smelled the burning-smell again from
the vents - but didn't see any more
smoke or smell anything from the
engine outside the car.  I drive back
to my friends - about 5 minutes, but
including a steep hill - and the
problem did not recur.

Any idea what the problem likely is?  
Is it probably safe to drive home, so I
can see a local mechanic and not
have to spend the night up here?  
What precautions should I take?

2 Answers

69,605

May be a bad hose with small leak,if you seen white smoke and smell,be care full it ,could get worse,you may be alright to drive untill checked,just make sure you have radiator full,and keep close eye on temp gauge.

But i dirent stop till the car was over heated and it turnd off by it self dose the moter still work's

Your Answer

Honda Civic Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,120
  • #2
    Takoda Fraser
    Reputation
    1,030
  • #3
    Jonathan Ford
    Reputation
    1,010
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,083 Great Deals out of 65,750 listings starting at $561
Used Toyota Corolla
861 Great Deals out of 59,927 listings starting at $850
Used Honda Civic Coupe
171 Great Deals out of 12,799 listings starting at $1,695
Used Toyota Camry
937 Great Deals out of 90,025 listings starting at $300
Used Nissan Altima
1,072 Great Deals out of 78,359 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda CR-V
692 Great Deals out of 59,084 listings starting at $999
Used Hyundai Elantra
596 Great Deals out of 50,925 listings starting at $1,780
Used Ford Mustang
540 Great Deals out of 36,560 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series
1,047 Great Deals out of 33,622 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Accord Coupe
157 Great Deals out of 7,394 listings starting at $1,999
Used Ford Focus
729 Great Deals out of 57,435 listings starting at $1,150
Used Hyundai Sonata
779 Great Deals out of 54,560 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
662 Great Deals out of 45,743 listings starting at $2,700

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Honda Civic For Sale
33 Great Deals out of 26,688 listings starting at $12,991
2016 Honda Civic For Sale
101 Great Deals out of 2,729 listings starting at $10,995
2015 Honda Civic For Sale
135 Great Deals out of 4,597 listings starting at $8,995
2014 Honda Civic For Sale
173 Great Deals out of 4,861 listings starting at $7,900
2013 Honda Civic For Sale
51 Great Deals out of 1,669 listings starting at $6,750

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.