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Old January 15th, 2008, 11:03 AM
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Temporary Steamy Exhaust

After searching I believe I might have a leaky head gasket. Anybody care to speculate????

- Non daily driver. 97 with 39k on it.
- Engine runs good with no overheating.
- Drove on Sunday after sitting for 2 weeks. Until warm LOTS of steamy exhaust, way more than normal. Does not smell excessively like coolant but really steamy on a colder (25 degrees) morning.
- Once warm the exhaust is normal.
- Oil doesn't show any brown or odd coloration.
- Just noticed about a week ago maybe a tablespoon of coolant on the garage floor. None dripping prior.

Thoughts?

Planning compression, coolant pressure and leakdown test. Anything else I should inspect?

Thanks in advance.

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Old January 15th, 2008, 11:38 AM
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I think that's normal. my 97 does the same thing when cold. unless you are loosing coolant you are ok.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 12:01 PM
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Seems normal as this happened to me also after a long stretch of non-use. The steam went away after about 10 minutes and hasn't returned.
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Sounds normal.
Watch your coolant reservoir just to be sure.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 04:36 PM
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- Just noticed about a week ago maybe a tablespoon of coolant on the garage floor. None dripping prior.

Adam,

Did you look under the engine to see where it is leaking from? Front/rear of the block?
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Old January 15th, 2008, 04:56 PM
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Mine did that this morning leaving work.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:52 PM
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Someone correct me, but I believe this will occur until the cats heat up. Once everything reaches operating temps, the steam is gone. Most modern cars do this.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:22 PM
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Just the water vapor in the exhaust condensing on the cold pipes.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 06:52 PM
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...but I believe this will occur until the cats heat up......Most modern cars do this.
Happens on old, non-cat equipped cars too - condensation. On a cold morning, my '70 Road Runner steams like a locomotive until the engine warms up.......
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I am working on tracking the leak tonight.

Coolant level is normal.

Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping you'd suggest burnoff from non use.

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Old January 15th, 2008, 11:13 PM
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Happens on old, non-cat equipped cars too - condensation. On a cold morning, my '70 Road Runner steams like a locomotive until the engine warms up.......

Does the horn still go "bee-beep"?
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