What causes White smoke to emit from the exhaust when starting my 2009 Acura RDX turbo?


Asked by Aug 22, 2012 at 07:23 PM about the 2009 Acura RDX AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

A flume of white smoke comes from the exhaust when starting a cold engine of my 2009 Acura RDX turbo.

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I would suspect your turbo or head gasket is failing. Since its only at startup, I would lean more towards the turbo. This should not happen on a vehicle this new unless its been neglected or abused.

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After having it checked by a reputable service center I received the answer. First was a radiator filled with rusty water, then a bad #1 valve guide/seal and like Mike said, A bad turbo. All caused from frying the engine...

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Sorry to hear that. I am glad you posted your findings for others to see though. How many miles were on the car/engine?

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