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Old 11-15-2005, 05:56 AM   #1
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Lately I notice my 94 ssei smoke out of the tailpipe, this is when I am sitting for a while and my temp goes to about 210. Is this a head gasket or a other problem.
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what color is the smoke? white? white with a blue tint? does it have a smell?
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How long does it sit and run before reaching 210? Remembering there are no fans or cooling until 216degrees when the low speed fans come on.
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it takes approx. 15 min. whiteish smoke, does not loose antifreeze. Idle is off, pulsates.
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Head gasket failures on these cars are extremely rare, to the point that they're virtually unheard of.

I'd personally start with a wet and dry compression check first, then go from there.
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