My car is smoking from the exhaust

40

Asked by Oct 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM about the 2001 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I got my oil changed at Walmart, thr next day I realizd they put in 10w-30 when my truck only takes 5w-20 it says it right on the oil cap. When I told them, they said "they saw in the computer that it takes 5-20 but noticed the mechanic(which is part-time, once every 2 weeks) put in 10-30. He said he would flush it and put the right kind in at no cost. After we walked around in walmart for about 45 mins. we went to check, they said there was silicone on our gasket that was leaking, and because of this they couldn't touch it until I got it fixed. Now my car is leaking oil, but the dipstick says its full, it now smokes very badly when I start it, but usually stops after about a minute. This morning it didn't stop, so I couldn't drive it, for fear of breaking it. The mechanic at Walmart said that the wrong oil in there wouldn't hurt it, and after we get it fixed we can bring it back in and they will fix their mistake. Why is my car now smoking, and why didn't they notice the leak in the oil pan the day before. Am unsure of what it could be, and would like a better understanding of what is wrong, and how much it should average to fix it.

10 Answers

298,925

We need to know the color of the smoke, blue, grey or white? What gasket is leaking.

7 people found this helpful.
40

Oil pan gasket and white smoke

2 people found this helpful.
1,535

white smoke usually indicates a head gasket.

1 people found this helpful.
80,295

Putting in a different weight oil, as you described, won't hurt anything. I believe the alleged leak is just an excuse to not give you a free oil change. The white smoke is probably a head gasket or intake manifold gasket failure. Again, not related. The problem you're going to run into with this is the vehicle is 13 years old. Things break and wear out on 13 year old vehicles. Sorry! -Jim

2 people found this helpful.
40

Okay thank you, no one has ever gave me that as a reason. I have gotten it inspected and I do have a whole in my exhaust, but am wondering about how much the head gasket would cost.

2 people found this helpful.
80,295

First thing to do is pressure test the cooling system. As part of this test the engine should be started. The mechanic should watch the needle on the tester. If the needle bounces you've got a blown head gasket. If not it's most likely the intake manifold gasket. Pull the oil dipstick. Is there white "goop" on it? My guess is there will be. Lastly, I wouldn't give either job to Walmart. An intake gasket or a head gasket is a major repair requiring much knowledge and skill to perform successfully. As an example I had my intake gasket replaced on my '93 Caprice at the Chevy dealer. They messed it up the first time. Be careful who you get to do this job!! HTH. - Jim

2 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful
20

Be dam!!! Sure u pull the right plug when changing oil on a from wheel drive cause I pulled the tranny plug an put new oil on top of old oil.. Therfor I had 4 quarts on top of 4 quarts.. An that makes ur car blow very thick white smoke an it even smells like oil. So I had to much oil with no tranny oil that's bad.. But luckly as soon as I seen it smoking I shut the car off going down the hwy. an that's the best thing to do if u see or hear a problem turn it off if not it could lead to bigger problems

1 people found this helpful.

I'm having this same problem did you find out the problem

if there is no white gunk on your dipstick, take off the intake manifold and check the gasket on top then the bottom, then check the exhaust manifold gasket if there is white on your dipstick its your head gasket

My 2015 escape blows white smoke immediately after I start the car then car seems to stop smoking while driving but then will die out as driving and lose power

Your Answer:

Escape

Looking for a Used Escape in your area?

CarGurus has 104,149 nationwide Escape listings starting at $1,995.

ZIP:

Ford Escape Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    6,870
  • #2
    Bratts
    Reputation
    3,190
  • #3
    kbro
    Reputation
    1,770
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Explorer
871 Great Deals out of 66,084 listings starting at $1,275
Used Honda CR-V
678 Great Deals out of 75,755 listings starting at $100
Used Toyota RAV4
567 Great Deals out of 75,404 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Focus
470 Great Deals out of 71,851 listings starting at $800
Used Ford F-150
2,281 Great Deals out of 188,281 listings starting at $1,300
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,129 Great Deals out of 77,929 listings starting at $1,000
Used Jeep Cherokee
514 Great Deals out of 71,185 listings starting at $1,450
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
203 Great Deals out of 14,830 listings starting at $1,500
Used Subaru Forester
257 Great Deals out of 30,403 listings starting at $650

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Escape For Sale
59 Great Deals out of 65,523 listings starting at $15,345
2017 Ford Escape For Sale
169 Great Deals out of 7,181 listings starting at $11,995
2016 Ford Escape For Sale
204 Great Deals out of 6,229 listings starting at $9,980
2015 Ford Escape For Sale
287 Great Deals out of 8,948 listings starting at $7,987
2014 Ford Escape For Sale
133 Great Deals out of 4,711 listings starting at $7,490

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.