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Hello, I'm getting intermittent white smoke from the exhaust. I've recently put some redex in. Would this cause the smoke? I've only just bought it. The coolant was a little low, just. I've topped it up and I'm going to start monitoring it. I've driven 400 miles and only just noticed it. Many thanks.
 

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Bit of white smoke first thing when cold / wet as it'll be vapour. Once warmed up to operating temperature, then there should be nothing.

Is it all the time?.. RedEx won't make it do this... Blue/Black smoke is very bad of course.

Check temperature gauge position and check oil filler cap for Mayo build up .. Head gasket.

My advice if all the time take to your specialist for peace of mind.
 

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It does it when it's warm. But not all the time. No mayo in the cap. I've Been watching other cars and some do it. Perhaps I'm paranoid. Dear god I hope I am. I have to say I've had a few alfas and the gtv is something. It handles better than my old gta. Ive never really driven a car like this. I drove an mr 2 back in 88. It's amazing. A bit more power maybe. Is the 3l to bigger jump perhaps? Thanks for the reply.
 

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V6 all day, everyday mate ;)

Make sure the thermostat works properly, how does it behave?

If it is a new acquisition, get it booked in for a full health check inspection and Alfadiag then you can sleep easy my friend.
 

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Ok, so there is def smoke when it's warm. The water and oil are fine and are not droppng. It's a bit lumpy on idle. And smells a bit rich. On some trips there is no smoke at all. Any ideas? I will take it in at some point but skint at the mo. Thanks,
 

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The thermostat goes to, I think, 65 when driving and 90 when in traffic. It does move around between these two and is certainly not static like the misses freelander.
 

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My thermostat does the same. I changed it recently just be sure and it behaves exactly the same way so I thinks its ok. One area I have never worked on before is the brake servo so not sure how it is set up. Is there any way brake fluid could be sucked into the intake manifold via the vacuum line? start by checking your brake fluid level.
 

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when we say it disappears when its warm i would suggest that is in excess of 50 miles, I had this and to expel 2 litre of condensation in all 3 boxes on your exhaust takes more than 5 mile trip, As has already been suggested it common and normal far more than other cars to have grey vapor from exhaust over the entire winter its normal and just what the car does,........................... over 50 miles on occasion when you do that journey i believe the exhaust will be clean and nothing will come out exhaust once its been on a truly long journey

lots of 2-5-10 mile journeys used 1-2 times a week and you will have these symptoms all the time
 

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As i just start to use my spider had this also. It really never stoped smoking even with the water temperatur of 80 ° c it was so bad that there was even water coming out of the exaust.
Reason why? The car was not driven in two years and there was some condens in the fuel. Fill it up with fuel and ad a good injector cleaner most of them do neutralise condens in fuel.
Anyway on my car the smoking when hot went away and never came back
 

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That's great chaps, thanks very much. Yeah, I've only really driven it around brighton so not on a long journey. Funnily enough I was stuck behind a 3l brera and there was steam coming out of it as well. The brake fluid is fine. Do these cars suffer this more than others?.
Thanks again.
 

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dont confuse coolant temperature with the assumption its warm coolant may be warm the exhaust might be too............but it is still smoking, The exhaust is a perfect trap for condensation and takes a long LONG time to get rid of ALL the water in the exhaust system
 
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