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    White smoke is normal when it's chilly?

    I have an 09 WRX hatch that I just hit 1,000 miles with. For the past couple days, when I accelerate, sometimes a BIG cloud of white smoke comes out under hard acceleration (the motor is at or very near optimal temperature).

    I'm in Michigan now, and I've lived in Florida for the past 4 years, so I don't know if this is just due to the cold weather or what...but it seems to go away after it does it once or twice.

    I know all the possible symptoms of this, but I highly doubt my ring seals are bad or have a blown gasket, so...just looking for some experienced cold weather people to chime in on this...lol

    Just an FYI: I did do an oil change yesterday (5W-30)
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    White smoke is normal in the cold. See opening credits to Hill Street Blues TV series for examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    White smoke is normal in the cold. See opening credits to Hill Street Blues TV series for examples.
    Is it normal to be billowing out like crazy? It looks just like when a head gasket is blown.
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    If the car was just started and/or it's quite cold and humid I suppose. Do you smell coolant? Are the other cars around you pluming too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    If the car was just started and/or it's quite cold and humid I suppose. Do you smell coolant?
    No, I don't, but I am inside the car, lol. It only happens when I'm accelerating, but the thing that weirds me out is that it happens when the motor is warmed up. It usually only does it once, though. Could it just be that there's THAT much condensation in there due to the temperature outside?
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    yes its very normal to do this in cold weather

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    Is it smoke or condensation? smoke doesnt dissipate into the atmosphere like condensation

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