Smoke, misfire and a 300 mile recovery - HELP by DJAndyB

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Hi folks,

On my way to Cornwall on the A30 on Tuesday night when white smoke came from the exhaust. Could not see thru it it was so bad.

The engine then died.

The AA recovered my car back home and looking at it on my return the smoke smells of fuel.

I can start the engine but as soon as I put my foot on the accelerator the engine slows almost as though the fuel mixture is too rich.

The fuel light has just come on before the smoke started.

I cannot drive the car anywhere.

Any ideas what the problem could be?

Oil levels and water levels seem OK. Had a new uprated HG fitted in May and recovery contractor initial said it was HGF (Head Gasket Failure) but I'm sure it isnt.

Any recommendations of garage to getting it fixed at in the Wallington, Surrey area?

Many thanks


Posted 06 Aug 2010, 19:44 #1 

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I could be barking up the completely wrong tree here but I always thought white smoke meant a dead Turbo??

I have also heard HGF can lead to Turbo failure later on.

Not sure how this would relate to the Misfire however???

Am sure some more knowledgeable folk will be along to offer advice and help.

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Posted 06 Aug 2010, 19:48 #2 

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White smoke usually means water getting into the engine. Usually indicates HGF :cry:

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Posted 07 Aug 2010, 12:24 #3