1998 Chevy Malibu V6, white smoke from tailpipe, not a sweet smell. its all day. What could this be, seals, rings, head gasket or something else?

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Asked by Dec 29, 2013 at 01:19 PM about the 1998 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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What is temp outside? Might just be normal condensation smoke due to colder weather. If that's not it. White smoke typically means coolant in cylinder (blown head gasket). Check your fluid levels. Are they normal colors or does oil look like chocolate milk and coolant look darker and oily?

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coolant normal color, oil normal color and consistency. its all day. when I pull away from stop light, huge cloud of white smoke from tailpipe but nothing while driving.

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I would have a compression check and coolant system pressure test done to rule out a blown head gasket. Could it possibly be light blue smoke? If so check pcv valve. Could be stuck open. Also with it only doing it when you take off from a light it could also be valve guide seals needing replaced.

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Thank you, I will check these...

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