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Old 08-30-2002, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default catless = smoky exhaust?? quick response needed please

yesterday i started my car and the exhaust was smoking a lot, like pouring out of the muffler in clouds. FWIW the weather was a little cooler and it was drizzling outside. since the catless exhaust was installed (turboxs) it hasn't smoked like this before, so is it possible to be caused by the change in weather? i just went on a 90-mile trip and it seemed like the car smoked all the way here(drizzled all the way). when the weather cleared up it didn't smoke anymore though.

i just want to make sure my car is safe with the mods i have, b/c the smoky exhaust scurded me ---TXS catless, sbc-id @ 14.3psi, vishnu uppipe. car smells A LOT so i'm assuming its running very rich.
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Old 08-30-2002, 11:46 AM   #2
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I still have my stock uppipe, but no cats on the turbo side. I get no smoke. You might have gotten some water in your muffler (condensation) ?
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Old 08-30-2002, 11:54 AM   #3
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Catless for 200 miles now. No smoke and no smell and no cel yet. Mike.
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Old 08-30-2002, 12:01 PM   #4
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i dont have a CEL yet either, i'm just wondering if something went wrong with my car or the cooler weather caused it.

Mike, has the weather changed at all (any rain)since you've installed the exhaust?
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Old 08-30-2002, 12:37 PM   #5
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90 miles of smoke coming out? That's not right. Maybe you've got a coolant leak or something. Or I guess it's possible you've got a muffler full of water that's coming out...

It's colder here and I had some typical condensation coming out of my car today (only 1 TXS cat), but nothing unusual and it went away promptly.

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Old 08-30-2002, 12:44 PM   #6
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If I start my WRX up and let it idle for 10mins or so, then I might get a puff of smoke when I give it gas once I get in...But it definitely shouldn't be smoking like that...Oil leak in the turbo possibly?
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Old 08-30-2002, 01:18 PM   #7
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Ants WRX, no rain here for ages except for a few min a couple of times. I've read a few post where the car stinks with no cats, wonder why?? Are you running a cel fix? I'm running Pony's and so far so good, Mike.
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Old 08-30-2002, 01:32 PM   #8
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90 miles of smoke coming out? That's not right. Maybe you've got a coolant leak or something. Or I guess it's possible you've got a muffler full of water that's coming out...
well i dont know if it smoked the whole 90 miles. but when i stopped on the highway to pay the tolls, i could see the puffs coming out the back of the car. i was also getting gas fumes inside the car the whole way, even with the windows cracked open.
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Old 08-30-2002, 03:21 PM   #9
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Sometimes exaust components come coated with some kind of protectant. It may just be this burning off. Call TXS and ask them if this is normal...

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Old 08-30-2002, 04:27 PM   #10
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guys i just went outside and started the car up. no smoke. after idling for about 5 minutes and slight reving to warm up the engine, it started smoking again. i also noticed the muffler is dripping a clear fluid while it smokes and it sprays the fluid out when i hit the gas harder. (i dont know if its shooting out water or gas, how do i tell?) what does this mean? how would so much water get in my muffler? (if it is water)

can i be running so rich that it is gas i am spraying out?

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Old 08-30-2002, 05:57 PM   #11
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ok typically, black smoke = excess gas, blue smoke = oil, white smoke = coolant. im guessing the smoke is black?
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Old 08-30-2002, 07:41 PM   #12
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(i dont know if its shooting out water or gas, how do i tell?) what does this mean? how would so much water get in my muffler? (if it is water)
Smell the fluid, it'll be obvious if it's gas, though I bet it's water.

Maybe someone sprayed water in your exhaust. Did you (or someone else) clean the car recently? Those TXS exhausts are pretty big.

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