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#116 of 367 White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings
Apr 16, 2005 (5:40 am)
I bought a Toyota Avalon very recently.. .. I love the CAR. It's awefully smooth. Everything's fine, except that it smokes when ever I start it after it's been parked for a couple of hours. It smokes for roughly a minute.
I took it to the mechanic to ask for his opinion. He couldn't say much for it was not smoking then. I need to park the car for a couple of hours to reproduce the same problem again. It's kind of a White smoke...
Does anybody have any idea at all ??? Any clue would be greatly appreciated..
#117 of 367 Re: White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings [vvv7373]
Apr 16, 2005 (10:53 am)
Find another mechanic. You don't have to witness this behavior to know what's going on. White smoke at startup usually means a blown head gasket [coolant leaking into the oil]. Gray or darkish smoke could mean the need for valve work, but what you describe sounds like one bank of the V6 has the need for a new head gasket - not unusual for this engine, just incidentally.
#118 of 367 White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings
Apr 16, 2005 (3:39 pm)
Thank you for you advice. Another mechanic tells me to get a engine tune up done before anything. Do you thing I should get that done ??? Also, would you have any idea how much it would cost me to get it done ..
#119 of 367 Re: White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings [vvv7373]
Apr 16, 2005 (4:15 pm)
You might start by asking for a spark plug change. Examine the plugs after removal. Most mechanics know what plugs should, and should not, look like. You may find the answer right there. If not, ask for a compression check. Most of the time, but not always, a blown (leaking) head gasket will show up as lower compression pounds psi in the test.
Also, if the head gasket is leaking coolant in to the engine you should be adding coolant every so often. Are you?
And, if you have a major problem here..how much do you like the car?
#120 of 367 Re: White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings [fin]
Apr 16, 2005 (4:32 pm)
Nope,I haven't added any coolant yet. I asked the mechanic and he says I have enough..... Everybody tells me not to do anything to the car. They always say " It ain't broke don't fix it " .... For the negine tune up the mechanic is asking $200.. is that how much it costs??
#121 of 367 Re: White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings [vvv7373]
Apr 18, 2005 (5:28 pm)
Hello, everyone. I am having the same problem here. I have a 1996 Avalon. It emits a chunk of white smoke whenever started. It will disappear in a couple of minutes. It seems to have trace of blue smoke in it. This bothers me a lot after I read through this website about this problem. I am wondering if this white smoke thing could be completely fixed. And how much would it cost to replace the head gasket. Any advices from anyone will be greatly appreciated.
#122 of 367 Re: White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings [rockroch]
Apr 19, 2005 (3:59 pm)
Hi Rockroch :
How long have you had this problem ??? I am taking it to the dealer this saturday and will let you know what he has to say..... Have you been loosing oil at all ??? or have you been loosing coolant ??? these are some of the things that you might want to check... when was the last time that you got a engine tune up done ???? people say it might be as simple as "Tune up" to replacing your head gaskets...
#123 of 367 Re: White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings [vvv7373]
Apr 24, 2005 (6:32 pm)
Thanks for your reply. I just bought this car. I have three months of waranty on engine and transmission. I also purchased service contract on this car. I have talked to the dealer about this problem. He said it is perfect, just a few seconds to warm up the engine. As I did not drive much (I commute on subway), only found this weekend that there might be some leakage on the top of the engine, also the smoke seems to get worse. Everytime I started the engine, I will see a lot of smoke (blue and white) coming out the tailpipe, but it disappear in less than 1 minute. So far I don't know if it is losing ail or coolant, but I think I have to talk to the deal again.
Let me know what the dealer said about your car. Thanks, and good luck with your car.
#124 of 367 Re: White smoke from 1998 Toyota Avalon in the mornings [rockroch]
Apr 25, 2005 (11:04 am)
I can only repeat: the car is most certainly NOT perfect. No car should put out any amount of smoke at startup, not for a few seconds, not for a minute, not while warming up...NOT AT ALL [I'm not talking about water vapor/steam that will be there for awhile before the catalytic converter gets fully warm].
I think this thing has a cracked head gasket on at least one bank of the V6. If that isn't it, then it's something else, but whatever it is, it is NOT the way it should be. No warranty is of any value if the people involved can't or won't find and solve your warranty-covered problems.
#125 of 367 Engine runs rough after highway speeds
May 21, 2005 (4:51 pm)
I have a 1998 Toyota Avalon with 80,000 miles. The engine will run OK from 0 to 55 or so. If I drive the car at 70 mph for a short or long distance, it will run rough went the car slows down for a turn or a stop sign. I changed the spark plugs, the PVC valve and added injector conditioner to the fuel tank. If I step on the gas peddle in when the car is in neutral, the engine seems to smooth out at higher rpms. Can you suggest what I should check to correct this problem.