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Austin Locations

Automotive Repair in North Austin on Research Blvd
North Austin

12990 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78750

(512) 842-4385

Austin Auto Repair on Research Blvd in North Austin
North Austin

8405 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

(512) 580-7165

Auto Tuning and Auto Repair Parmer Lane in Austin, Texas
North Austin

1607 West Parmer Ln
Austin, TX 78727

(512) 710-0636

South Austin Auto Repair on South Lamar in Austin, Texas
Austin

1303 South Lamar
Austin, TX 78704

(512) 645-1618

Southwest Austin Auto Repair on William Cannon
South Austin

1417 W. William Cannon Blvd
Austin, TX 78745

(512) 645-2147

Surrounding Area Locations

Central Texas Auto Repair in Buda at 118 Trademark Drive
Buda

118 Trademark Dr
Buda, TX 78610

(512) 456-9087

Cedar Park Auto Tuning and Central Texas Auto Repair
Cedar Park

1915 South Bell Blvd
Cedar Park, TX 78613

(512) 645-2074

Central Texas Auto Mechanic in Dripping Springs
Dripping Springs

3996 E. HWY 290 West
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

(512) 829-3117

Hutto Car Repair Auto Repair Auto Tuning Auto Mechanic
Hutto

103 Venture Blvd
Hutto, TX 78634

(512) 598-0769

Hill Country and Lakeway Auto Repair and Maintenance
Lakeway

303 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734

(512) 456-3840

Auto Repair Auto Tuning Car Mechanic Round Rock
Round Rock

1800 South IH 35
Round Rock, TX 78681

(512) 580-7203

What Does My Exhaust Color Mean?

exhaust pipe blowing white smoke
Our vehicles can often “show us” when something might be wrong. While it can be more telling when you hear or feel something wrong with your car, like squeaky brakes or a shaking steering wheel, there are times when visible issues can be seen. This is true of exhaust colors. A vehicle that is experiencing engine issues could show signs by the color of its exhaust. What does your exhaust color mean?

Blue Smoke
If you’re burning oil, you could start to see blue or gray smoke coming from the exhaust. Motor oil is a very important component to keeping your car running smoothly, but you never want oil coming out of the exhaust. When oil enters the combustion chamber, you will see blue smoke. Oil can enter the chamber if a valve is leaking. If you see blue smoke from your exhaust, schedule an appointment with Austin’s Automotive Specialists Dripping Springs as soon as possible.

Black Smoke
Thick black smoke coming from the exhaust pipe can only mean a rich running car. What does rich running car mean? Essentially, it means that your vehicle is using too much gas to make the engine run. A common cause of this issue is a clogged air filter. Black smoke occurs because your car can’t create the right air and fuel mixture needed to run smoothly. You will start to notice a decrease in fuel efficiency and other engine issues might start to occur.

White Smoke
White smoke and white vapor can often be confused. It is normal for white vapor to come from the tailpipe due to condensation or cold mornings. White vapor disappears quickly. White smoke, on the other hand, is a cause for concern. If you see white smoke it means that coolant has leaked into the combustion chamber. When this happens, there is an indication of a serious problem because your car can overheat and cause major engine damage. Other less serious issues can cause white smoke but will require auto repair services from a local mechanic. If you see thick white smoke that doesn’t disappear, stop driving and call Austin’s Automotive Specialists right away.

If you see blue, black, or white smoke from the exhaust pipes, schedule a visit to your local mechanic to diagnose the issue.

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