I have a leak in my exhaust, overheats and with smoke coming out. How to fix overheating?

Asked by Sep 19, 2015 at 10:39 AM about the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1998 VW Beetle. I recently took it in to be diagnosed for issues it's
been having. The body shop told me that *two front oxygen sensors need
changing, Flex Pipe Gasket (joint is leaking on flex pipe), oil filter housing
seal, Breather Hose. My concern was, I thought I had oil leaking through my
exhaust. Because my car over heats and smokes slightly through exhaust.
My question is, would nay of the repairs actually stop the overheating. I can
see how the leak and other repairs may stop the smoking through the
exhaust. Any help would be great!

3 Answers


What color is the smoke? Bluish tint or white smoke? I'd get the flex pipe gasket replaced, oil filter gasket and breather hose replaced if you are leaking oil. Don't change the O2's at this point. Do you have a CEL on? So you have your car at a body shop? Was it in an accident?

Thanks for the response. It's white smoke. Yeah I was planning on just holding out on the sensors. I am leaking oil in the front. But, usually from the tailpipe, according to what I've read could be a bigger issue. CEL? No, I took it to be diagnosed to see the needed repairs. I bought the car used, but started doing repairs on it just recently again.


if you have white smoke its an excessive amount of water. Checking all the seals would be a good place to start with seals and the oil cooler as well.

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