white smoke out of tailpipe

Asked by Feb 23, 2014 at 02:11 PM about the Dodge Neon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

9 Answers


Some white smoke is normal especially in winter, but if it is a solid cloud of white and has a slight smell of coolant it is not normal, most likely indicates a blown head gasket or a cracked head, watch you cooling system, it could develop too much pressure and blow the radiator and or heater core, have it checked out as soon as possible, it could contaminate your engine oil very soon if not already.


Neons had lots of head gasket issues. Check the coolant level. Also pull the oil dipstick to see if it has any trace of coolant and milky white material indicating coolant in the oil. If the smoke is very white and dense I is most likely a head gasket that has failed.

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My neon is smoking white between the catalytic converter and the engine and out the exhaust out the back when the car warms up, my coolant is full idk what it could be


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White smoke out the exhaust, same as stated in the first reply.

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Tennisshoes - read the question from a few minutes ago. Between the catalytic converter and the engine? Maybe something is leaking onto the exhaust.

its probably a blown head gasket i just wish it wasnt


Even if something was dripping on the exhaust that will not explain the smoke out the tail pipe.


I am thinking the smoke at the tail pipe may be condensation or a head gasket leak but the other issue could be a fluid leak onto the exhaust. Not enough information or feedback.

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