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Three Colours Of Smoke Coming out of a Car Exhaust That are Deadly to the Life of a Car

Three colours of smoke coming out of a car exhaust, that are deadly to the life of a car

There are three colours of smoke that can come from your car exhaust as it ages.  One of the colours of smoke is a sign of bad news and one is not so scary.  As your car ages, you might start to see smoke coming out of the exhaust.  This can be when you first start the car or while driving.  You should not panic when this happens.

Three Colours of Smoke from Exhaust

The three colours of smoke are blue, black and white.  The black smoke coming out of the tailpipe is the most minor colour of the three colours you may see.  This is usually from carbon build up.  If a car has sat around for a while, it will blow out black smoke when the car is started.  Sometimes black smoke can blow out as the sludge builds up in the engine.  Sometimes you will get smoke like this when a car has over 150,000 miles on it.

Black Smoke Coming from Exhaust

Piston rings wearing out will allow some motor oil to mix with the gas.  This will also cause black smoke to come out of the tailpipe.  As the piston rings wear out more, you will get the worst color that you do not want to see.  The color is blue.  This color happens when a car’s piston rings are very worn.  More oil is being burned at this point.  Broken oil rings can cause this.


This is wear and tear, it is time to pay 3000 dollars for an engine rebuild or buy a new car.  A car in this condition will be using up to three quarts of oil every one to two weeks depending on how much the car is driven in that time.  Not changing the oil at the proper mileage times can contribute to a quick decline in the life of the cars engine.

White Smoke Coming from Exhaust

The white color that one may see is antifreeze mixing with the exhaust.  This is just as bad as the blue smoke.  What normally causes this is a cracked cylinder head or blown head gasket.  This can happen if a car has been overheated.  Over heating a car engine can be can cost just as much money as having an engine re-built.

Blue Smoke Coming from Exhaust

Running a car on low coolant can cause this problem along with a stuck thermostat.  An overheated engine can also cause damage to the piston rings because of metal expansion.  A car can have the white smoke first and then the dreaded blue smoke at nearly the same time.  Change the oil at the proper times.  Check the antifreeze at the proper times.   Do not neglect the low coolant light if it comes on.

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10 Best Winter Driving Tips

“Use These Ten Winter Driving Tips” & Save Your Life!

Winter driving is very dangerous. You have to drive with extra precaution, and watch constantly for other drivers. You need to be prepared.
Read the following “Winter Driving Tips” — Read them, Remember them, and Use them!

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How to Do Parallel Parking

Parallel parking your vehicle with ease?


Being able to do parallel parking is somewhat of a necessity these days as it’s hard to find a lot of space for parking a vehicle anywhere in the world. If you are not so fond of parallel parking but have to do so every now and then, you should try to perfect the technique. Doing so would allow you to park and remove your vehicle without bothering the pedestrians or other vehicles. Here are some simple steps that would help you to do Parallel Parking of  your vehicle with ease every time you do it.

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All you need to know about G1 license rules

Learning the rules of the road before actually going in for a drive is quite a good choice. This view is supported by the Ontario’s administration that offers a g1 license to new drivers so that they don’t end up being involved in a vehicular accident. When a driver is in the G1 driving period, he or she is expected to follow some simple rules that not only prevent him to make mistakes in driving a vehicle but also helps him or her to be a better driver who follows all the road regulations.

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How to Merge Safely on a Highway

It’s not a surprise to know that many people apparently don’t know how to merge, according to what we see on a daily basis on the highway. Safe merging requires the perfect mixture of both cooperation and courtesy from both drivers.

We’ve devised the best analogy when it comes to merging; the zipper. Consider the merging lanes as a zipper, reducing two lanes to one in an orderly fashion; like the teeth of a zipper coming together.

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