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white smoke when starting in the morning

i need to know if this is bad or what it only happends when i first start my car for the day but by father was saying somthing about it being oil burned and the car has done it since i first got it so i thought it was normal

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does it do it on warm days? or just chilly/cold days?

its perfectly normal on colder mornings. my car does it just as well as probably all other cars. you should be fine. did you get the car brand new?

when you see black or bluish smoke coming from your tailpipe then you need to worry
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i need to know if this is bad or what it only happends when i first start my car for the day but by father was saying somthing about it being oil burned and the car has done it since i first got it so i thought it was normal

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White smoke - steam actually - could be from condensation - water - that collects in your car's exhaust pipe overnight. Should take a few seconds after starting it up before it is real noticable -- exhaust pipe heating up. Does your car get coated with condensation? If so, most likely it is just condensation in the exhaust.

If it is white smoke as soon as you fire it up, and it is oil, you should smell it -- can't miss the smell of burnt oil.

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If it were oil it would burn blue. White is just a sign of water or possibly coolant. Those are the only things that will burn white.

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ight thanks my dad keeps yellin about it being oil and i should watch my oil but i check it every other day any ways and it still looks good i run full syn mobile1 and i bought the car with 76 miles on it
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Stick your hand by the exhaust pipe and feel if there is moisture. Oil burning can be black or blue and smell bad and it wont leave moisture. If you feel thick moisture and see thick white, its coolant.
The two are distinguishable. I would keep an eye your coolant level.
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If I start mine and only let it run for a minute or so (eg to move it to the other side of the driveway) and let it sit for a few hours, it will give a puff of whiteish-blue smoke on the next start up. Done it since new, and doesn't lose any oil between changes. Normal, I'd say.

Maybe yours gets jockeyed around?
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