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Oil is dripping and touchin the exhaust pipe under the car making smoke could I drve my car until I get it fixed?

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Whenever oil is getting on the exhaust the possibility of a fire can be fairly high, the amount of oil is key, if you just get a little puff of smoke now and then while driving you should be ok until you can find time or money to get it fixed, if it is really smoking allot then you shouldn't drive it.

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  • davariusking May 31, 2011

    How much would you think itt would cost?

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    Marvin May 31, 2011

    Without having the leak diagnosed to know where it is leaking from that is very hard to estimate, but if the valve covers are the problem (common) it shouldn't be much more than $300.00

  • davariusking May 31, 2011

    Thank you so much!

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  • khaled hussien Jun 01, 2011

    in general when car smokes ( white ) it burns the engine lubricating oil this because the sealing rings ( triple for each piston ) not doing their job any more or for another reason the cylinder wall itself due to the continuous friction between wall and seal o rings it creates a very Little gap that allows the oil to enter the combustion chamber and mixed then burned with fuel generating that white smoke and decreasing engine pressure
    you will have to replace the cylinder head gasket since you are going to reveal the head to get into the pistons seal o rings
    if the cylinder walls got little wider due to friction don`t panic you will get lager seal o rings to skip such a problem

  • davariusking Jun 01, 2011

    I looked the car ndd ittz Nawt the oil ittz the transmission fluid ii put in the power steering to substitute for the power steering lubrication ittz leakin ndd ii need to know if ii the transmission fluid will catch fire if do ii will Nawt drive itt til ii qet itt fixed?

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    Marvin Jun 01, 2011

    Transmission fluid is even more flammable than engine oil.

  • davariusking Jun 01, 2011

    Thank I won't be drivin it for min!

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    Marvin Jun 01, 2011

    Agree to what?


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Yes you can drive it until have it fixed but it will get worse and you will have to keep an eye in oil level and water level and to reduce the white smoke
(you can get a fine for driving in such contaminating way )
there is a very thick oil i dont know what its market name its very cheap thing looks like a thick oil almost gello thing of course the manufacturer will claim it will fix your engine but its not it will only hied the burned smoke and reduce the oil consumption buy the can get your engine warm up open the oil cap and fill it but remember to check the oil level before
but have your car fixed in a month as maximum

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  • davariusking May 31, 2011

    Thank you yo I'ma go see that itt iz

  • davariusking May 31, 2011

    Go see why that is!

  • khaled hussien May 31, 2011

    why it smokes?
    your car is old and when engine gets old even if got lubricated still the moving parts will have a friction with each other but again why it smokes
    the piston is running back and forth inside the combustion chamber or simply inside the cylinder the friction will make the metal corrosion in cylinder walls and corrosion in piston sealing so it mixes the oil with burned fuel inside the cylinder not only that but when the piston sealing are loose the compression escapes out
    basically your mechanic will begins with piston sealing o rings and head gasket



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