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    What should you do if your car engine starts to release smoke whilst driving?


    Do you know what to do if your car engine starts to release smoke whilst you are using it? Different coloured types of smoke mean different things, so read on to find out more about what the smoke you are seeing could mean. Although it’s wise to take your car to the garage if you are feeling concerned, the information below should give you an insight into how you should generally approach the situation.

    Things to do if your car engine starts to release smoke

    If you have noticed blue or grey smoke coming from the exhaust pipe in a petrol car, this is likely to mean your car needs oil. If you have noticed grey smoke coming from the pipe constantly, head to the garage as soon as you can. You may have leaking engine seals or your turbocharger may be jammed. It’s wise to act before repair costs spiral out of control or the engine fails completely. If you have spotted intermittent blue smoke, this could mean your valve seats are worn. Valve seats are an incredibly important part of the engine so it’s again wise to get to a garage.

    Do you have a diesel car? If so, pale blue smoke could indicate air in the fuel system. This could mean your fuel pump or fuel pipes need to be examined. You need to arrange a trip to the garage in any case. What might look like white smoke isn’t usually white smoke and can actually be condensation water which will disappear when your engine warms up. If it doesn’t disappear, chances are it is white smoke, and you should see a professional mechanic. An even flow of white smoke can mean low coolant fluid, which in turn could mean a head gasket leak, a cylinder head issue or a cracked seal. If you see vast amounts of white smoke, there may be a brake fluid issue. This could mean you have a crack in your brake system or a leaking brake cylinder.

    Do you need to take legal action?

    The above information gives a brief overview of the different types of smoke which may come from your car, and there is plenty more information on what to do about other kinds of smoke online if your car engine starts to release smoke. If you have had a car accident and it wasn’t your fault, we can help. Call 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if using your mobile.

    Date Published: May 5, 2017

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