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Old 01-28-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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I've noticed that ever since i got my stage II tune done on my 03 wrx its been smoking a little bit. I've heard its the humidity? I live in Phoenix, AZ it is 52 degrees and the humidity is currently 56%. Its been pretty rainy here. Hope thats enough info.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #2
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Sounds like your head gaskets are done. White smoke = coolant.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:20 AM   #3
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you sure it is white? might be bad turbo
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #4
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I've found that 99% of people cannot tell the difference between white and blue smoke. They just can't. It's even difficult for me at times and I've seen tons of smoking/blown motors/turbos/cars. The fact is that blue and white smokes are pretty dang similar and can easily be confused, especially once you are pulling away, at nights, or after it dissipates into the air a bit.

When does it do this? Start up only? Acceleration? Deceleration? In boost? Out of boost?

Of you hold your hand in front of the exhaust, does your hand feel moist like steam?

Does the smoke dissipate quickly, within 12-24 inches of the tip or does it float off into the air several feel behind the car?

Is water sputtering out of your tail pipe?

What does it smell like? Sweet? Fuel?

Doe sit only happen when it's cool/cold outside or do you see it in 80 weather too?

There are lots of questions we need answered before we can begin to diagnose something? And even then, it's just speculation here as we can't see the car. Go find a shop or a knowledgeable local to diagnose the car for you.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #5
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Also, feel under both the driver and passenger side of the engine. Run your hand along the head gasket seam on both sides - does your hand come back with oil on it? At your miles, this is a common issue.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:31 AM   #6
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I've found that 99% of people cannot tell the difference between white and blue smoke. They just can't. It's even difficult for me at times and I've seen tons of smoking/blown motors/turbos/cars. The fact is that blue and white smokes are pretty dang similar and can easily be confused, especially once you are pulling away, at nights, or after it dissipates into the air a bit.

When does it do this? Start up only? Acceleration? Deceleration? In boost? Out of boost?

Of you hold your hand in front of the exhaust, does your hand feel moist like steam?

Does the smoke dissipate quickly, within 12-24 inches of the tip or does it float off into the air several feel behind the car?

Is water sputtering out of your tail pipe?

What does it smell like? Sweet? Fuel?

Doe sit only happen when it's cool/cold outside or do you see it in 80 weather too?

There are lots of questions we need answered before we can begin to diagnose something? And even then, it's just speculation here as we can't see the car. Go find a shop or a knowledgeable local to diagnose the car for you.
Does it in start up. Last night when i got home it wasnt smoking. But when i drove to school it still was. (only 1 mile drive)

Havent held my hand in front of it.

No water

Smells like fuel

Just got my car tuned so ive only seen it in this weather.

Thanks for the help guys.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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I've found that 99% of people cannot tell the difference between white and blue smoke. They just can't. It's even difficult for me at times and I've seen tons of smoking/blown motors/turbos/cars. The fact is that blue and white smokes are pretty dang similar and can easily be confused, especially once you are pulling away, at nights, or after it dissipates into the air a bit.
Agreed. It trips me up. Unless you deal with it all the time the slight hue difference between the two colors of white is difficult to spot.

One is white. The other is white with just a hint of blue.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:16 PM   #8
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Sounds kind of like your turbo has blown seals.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:46 PM   #9
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It didnt do it after school today. Therefore, im thinking it was condensation.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:45 PM   #10
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It didnt do it after school today. Therefore, im thinking it was condensation.
I have the same issue as you, except mines bone stock. I only see the smoke/smell the fumes when it is cold(I'm in upstate NY so its most days lately) we had a few days where it has been up towards 60 and it didn't do it at all, like you no loss of coolant/oil or noticeable issues performance wise(At least that I noticed)

Just whiteish smoke and my exhaust smelling
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:23 AM   #11
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I have the same issue as you, except mines bone stock. I only see the smoke/smell the fumes when it is cold(I'm in upstate NY so its most days lately) we had a few days where it has been up towards 60 and it didn't do it at all, like you no loss of coolant/oil or noticeable issues performance wise(At least that I noticed)

Just whiteish smoke and my exhaust smelling
Yeah. Exactly what happens with me.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:10 AM   #12
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Yea me too^^ especially on cold rainy days.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:44 AM   #13
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Yea me too^^ especially on cold rainy days.
Glad to see I'm not alone. I picked the car up a few months ago it being my first turbo I'm over thinking everything different than my previous car.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:05 PM   #14
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wrx 2002, bone stock.
White smoke very light on warming up.
Then sitting still, throttle the engine and white, puff cloud of smoke.
HG time, this spring. Not my DD.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:36 PM   #15
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wrx 2002, bone stock.
White smoke very light on warming up.
Then sitting still, throttle the engine and white, puff cloud of smoke.
HG time, this spring. Not my DD.
If you're not losing oil/coolant. Why would you thing HG?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:39 AM   #16
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I just got the Head Gasket or Combustion Leak Test detection in radiator test kit. (blue liquid) Try it first. If it fails the then I will go with a new HG.
thanks.

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:55 PM   #17
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I just got the Head Gasket or Combustion Leak Test detection in radiator test kit. (blue liquid) Try it first. If it fails the then I will go with a new HG.
thanks.
No problem, trust me I'm the king of over reacting with small issues that may not be an issue. One of the guys I work with who's been a mechanic for 30 years or so always tells me "keep it simple, stupid".
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