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?
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.
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 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.