Having problems with your Toyota Camry ?

Yesterday I purchased a 97 Toyota Camry and when we test drove the car it ran smooth and had no problems. after we purchased the car we put gas and started to drive home about half way home when I stoped the car started sputtering and white smoke started come out of the muffler. I am not sure what could be wrong with the car.

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 16-10-2017

Answers :

If your test drive was short, but your drive home is longer, it could be a coolant leak. Coolant creates a thick white smoke when it burns. If it's coming out of the tailpipe, then it must be coming through the engine at some point, possibly from a failing head gasket.

A fairly inexpensive test for this is to drain and flush the radiator, refilling it with water, running the engine to warm it up, then drain and flush again, refilling it with water. Be sure to drain and flush the overflow reservoir as well if you can. And please be careful working with a hot radiator - steam burns skin very easily. This should remove at least 75% of the ethyl glycol antifreeze that causes the smoke.

Now, when you run the car up to temperature, if it still smokes white, but much, much less, then it is in fact coolant leaking into the engine and being vaporized and pushed out through the exhaust. The most likely point of failure is the head gasket - which means a several hundred dollar fix.
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