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Types of Exhaust Smoke That Mean Trouble for Your Car

Exhaust smoke can mean real trouble for your car, crossover, SUV, or truck. What you should look for is an excessive exhaust that is visible to the naked eye. You should also pay attention to how your vehicle smells. Exhaust or gasoline odors coming into the cabin, for example, are extremely dangerous and a sign of exhaust system failure. Trinity Automotive can repair your vehicle’s exhaust system if it needs it. We can also repair the following issues, which present themselves through the heavy exhaust.

Your Car’s Engine Is Burning Gasoline

Yes, your vehicle’s combustion engine is supposed to burn gasoline, but it should never burn excessive gas. This not only turns your automobile into a ticking time bomb, but it also causes heavy, black smoke to come out of the tailpipe and possibly out from underneath the engine, depending on how severe the fuel fire is. Black smoke signals danger, so pull over and shut off the ignition immediately. If you see that your engine is on fire, get to safety and call 9-1-1 for emergency help.

Your Truck’s Engine Is Burning Oil

In the case of burning oil, you will see the bluish exhaust. We hate to say this, but usually, when an engine is burning enough oil to create blue exhaust, that engine is a goner and will have to be rebuilt or replaced completely. If you’ve been thinking about buying a new car, this would be a clear sign that it’s time to do just that. If your vehicle has special meaning to you, then an engine rebuild might be the ticket so you can keep driving your dream car. We get it, which is why we work on classic cars.

Your CUV/SUV’s Engine Is Burning Coolant

Excessive white exhaust smoke is also a clear sign that you’ve got serious trouble brewing underneath the hood, and this, too, suggests you might be better suited to buy a new automobile if you’ve been considering it. The most common reason why your vehicle’s engine will burn radiator coolant is that the head gasket has cracked, and the coolant is spraying out of it. This is a serious and expensive problem. That said, if you love your vehicle, we’ll work with you so we can fix it.

Located in White Bear Lake, MN, Trinity Automotive would be happy to discuss your vehicle exhaust concerns with you. Call us to set up an appointment. We’ll find the problem and fix it.

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