I have a 2001 Ford Escape emitting white smoke out exhaust why?

Asked by Nov 01, 2015 at 04:24 PM about the 2001 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It was over heating thought it was
the thermostat replaced it  bought
the block tester from autozone and it
didn't turn yellow so didn't think it's
a head gasket topped off radiator
fluid and oil. Yes I know which is
which. Closed up started her up and
after two three minutes white smoke
started to pour  out of the tail pipe

3 Answers

75,555

Sounds like a head gasket. Pull the oil dipstick. Does it have white milky "goop" on it? If so, it's the head gasket. If not it could be the intake manifold gasket if there's a coolant passage in there. HTH. -Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
96,035

That is a bad head gasket. Check your engine oil as well to make sure water is not in the oil.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
60,705

When you have a blown head gasket sometimes coolant just goes out the tail pipe. There may or may not be any coolant in the oil or any oil in the coolant. Heavy thick sweet smelling white smoke is almost always a head gasket, cracked head or cracked cylinder block. On some engines the intake manifold can leak coolant into the engine causing the same symptoms. Running a compression test may help you find the problem.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Escape

Looking for a Used Escape in your area?

CarGurus has 106,668 nationwide Escape listings starting at $700.

ZIP:

Ford Escape Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    6,080
  • #2
    Bratts
    Reputation
    3,000
  • #3
    kbro
    Reputation
    1,740
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Explorer
1,112 Great Deals out of 68,287 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda CR-V
712 Great Deals out of 62,461 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota RAV4
638 Great Deals out of 62,261 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-150
3,046 Great Deals out of 230,459 listings starting at $1,300
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
900 Great Deals out of 71,280 listings starting at $900
Used Ford Focus
623 Great Deals out of 69,452 listings starting at $1,750
Used Jeep Cherokee
290 Great Deals out of 53,830 listings starting at $2,000
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
258 Great Deals out of 17,682 listings starting at $1,950

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Escape For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 68,456 listings starting at $16,390
2017 Ford Escape For Sale
154 Great Deals out of 7,459 listings starting at $12,995
2016 Ford Escape For Sale
159 Great Deals out of 4,653 listings starting at $9,995
2015 Ford Escape For Sale
285 Great Deals out of 7,668 listings starting at $8,499
2014 Ford Escape For Sale
240 Great Deals out of 6,177 listings starting at $7,200

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.