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    White smoke from turbo and exhaust pipe???

    I've ben feeling like I have a boost leak. I only get the full performance from the car about every 5 times I go ful throttle. I was at a stop sign yesterday and my best friend called me to say I was blowing white smoke from the tailpipes. I instantly pulled over. Sure enough. It then started coming out from under the hood. Once I poped the hood I saw the same smoke coming from the turbo area. Note: My car is 100% stock with only 32,000 miles on it. I bought it used about 3,000 miles ago from a dealership.

    Is there an oil line that goes to the turbo? Could there be a leak there? Is that why I have smoke comin from there and the same from the exhaust? I'm really worried about driving my car now. Anyone have any sudgestions? Thanks.

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    yes, there is an oil line going to the turbocharger. Is there any oil leaking from the car? Does the smoke come out from the exhaust pipe? White smoke usually indicates water / coolant in the cylinder; leaking head gasket. Blue smoke is oil.

    Look under the hood, toward the firewall, you will see a heatshield there. Check for oil. In any case, I would take it to the dealer.
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    Smoke

    I can't see any oil under the car. Yes, the smoke comes out from the exhaust pipe. There is also smoke that steams up from the turbo, I just can't see where it's coming from. For all I know, It could be coming from somethgin else under/around the turbo. If it only smokes occasionally, could that still be a head gasket? That would really suck.

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    Is there anyway to test for a blown head gasket w/o taking it to the dealer?

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    I looked in both overflow/top off coolant spots on the car and the radiator fluid looks perfect. No milky substance or oil present. How can I tell if it's the turbo "leaking?" If it is the turbo, how would that cause white smoketo pour out of the turbo and the exhaust? I did a search on line and realized the factory warranty is covering the drive train up to 3 years, so I think I'm saved no matter which of the two "is broke."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04WRXR View Post
    I looked in both overflow/top off coolant spots on the car and the radiator fluid looks perfect. No milky substance or oil present. How can I tell if it's the turbo "leaking?" If it is the turbo, how would that cause white smoketo pour out of the turbo and the exhaust pipe? I did a search on line and realized the factory warranty is covering the drive train up to 3 years, so I think I'm saved no matter which of the two "is broke."
    I think you mean a "boost leak." A "turbo leak" would mean fluids are leaking out of it, which is a bad thing. I don't think you have a boost leak or a turbo leak. I'm very curious what a "light light smoke scent" is, though. That gave me a chuckle.

    oops!!old thread,,sorry..
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