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Hello, I recently purchased a 2000 jetta VR6 and I just recently started having a little problem. I'm pretty sure that my gaskets are messed up because white smoke shoots out of the exhaust after the car heats up. Heres my question. Is it at all possible for someone who doesn't know pretty much anything about cars, to replace/fix my problem. And if not what would be the best means of getting it fixed. (IE: Dealership, or Auto Repair Facility) I'm in the South Denver area. Thanks!
 

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Give Hardey a call. Describe the problem to him in more detail and see what he says.
I can't say if it's safe, but if it's just smoking a little and not over-heating (watch that for sure) since white smoke usually means either water or with bad gaskets, coolant in the exhaust, I would say it's fine for that short drive.
Be sure you don't over-heat it though...
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Maybe check your coolant level when the engine is cold before you go too.


Modified by drew34k at 4:27 PM 3-18-2008
 

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If the smoke is blue/gray, it's oil and you either have valve guide seals going out or if the engine was abused; possibly rings. If it's white and the temp is high, you're looking at a headgasket. If it's black, you're running too rich.
I'm for Portland, OR but currently in Englewood. I'd be happy to give some
insight if you'd like to meet up.
Is the temp staying normal? Does it smoke more or less when accelerating?
 
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