I just replaced the timing belt, water pump, and serp belt on my 2000 plymouth breeze, but it seems to have a miss and there is smoke coming out from behind the engine.what would most likelycausethis?


Asked by Mar 09, 2015 at 10:00 AM about the 2000 Plymouth Breeze 4 Dr STD Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Im a 35yr old female and i can't afford a mechanic, so i usually pay someone i know to
help with fixing my car. Its been one problem after another. Its a 2000 plymouth
breeze...i think 2.4 ltr. The timing belt broke while i was driving about 8months ago,
and i just paid my ex-husband to put on the new timing belt,water pump,and serp belts.
but its got a miss to it mainly when idiling,and white smoke coming from where my ex
said the exhaust is at (kinda close to the dash of the car when u are looking under the
hood). The oil doesn't look tan or milky, and its not overheating. Is it ok to drive like
this? Could it possibly just be that oil spilled and is causing the smoke, or is it
probably something serious? Does a blown head gasket normally cause a car to
smoke?And can u drive a car with a blown head gasket for a little while? sorry...im
probably asking too many questions...this car has just had me so stressed and upset,
that idk what to do. everything costs tooo much.

7 Answers


Might be coolant or oil leaking on to the exhaust causing the smoke. The miss can be a vacuum leak or maybe a misfire. Is the CEL on?

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did he time the engine when he changed the timing belt

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I know this is probably a really stupid question, but whats the CEL?lol


check engine light


Yes, he has done timing belts before.


Oh, lol. i knew it would be something really simple like that. no its not on.


I posted this question 2 days ago, and today, my car actually caught on fire. Whatever was causing the smoke that was coming from behind the engine, ended up catching on fire. The fire dept had to come to my house and put it out because it got really big really fast. at first, it started smoking a little while i was driving, and the fire started after i got home and turned the car off. It started probably 2 mins after taking the key out of the ignition. I still don't know what actually caused the fire, but the car is screwed now...Anyway, just wanted to let anyone who may be reading this and having the same problem as i was know that if your car is smoking and you're not sure whats causing it, don't just assume its nothing major. I would have took my car to a mechanic, but couldn't afford it. This definitely sucks!!

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