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Old 01-05-2008, 08:00 AM   #1
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Default V6 Vue smoking when cold

Hey everyone, I just moved to northern Virginia from Florida, and now that I am here this issue seems more prominent. I know all cars have some smoke/steam come out when they are first started and it is cold out, but doesn't it stop after the car is warmed up? My Vue smoked when it was cold in Florida as well, but it is more now that it is colder here. I see some cars on the road that don't smoke at all and some that smoke like my Vue does. I have no experience with cold weather and this is starting to worry me. Oil and water levels are fine. Is this just a Vue thing or is something wrong with my car?

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Old 01-05-2008, 08:47 AM   #2
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Technically it's not smoke but steam. It's due to the exhaust system being cold at start up and depending on the outside temperature, it may never go away.

Also, if the relative humidity of the ambient air is high you'll get consistent steam from the tailpipe.

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Old 01-05-2008, 05:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: V6 Vue smoking when cold

No, it's not steam, it's condensation, just like when you exhale from your mouth in cold weather, and perfectly normal.

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Old 01-05-2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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Okay, condensed water vapour then...

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Old 01-05-2008, 06:33 PM   #5
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Is there any chance a nicotine patch applied to the exhaust would help?

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Old 01-05-2008, 09:23 PM   #6
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Just answer this: does the 'smoke' rapidly dissipate? Does it have a blue tint to it? If the smoke is white and vanishes almost immediately, it is water vapor and most likely is normal. If it forms a blue cloud and drifts away, you have serious engine problems. White smoke can also be oil smoke from a different engine problem, but this is really thick smoke that doesn't dissipate. Black smoke is too much fuel in the combustion chambers and it may have some blue in it from washed-off oil.
There can be excessive water vapor for several reasons: a bad thermostat keeping the engine from warming up; incorrect fuel metering into the engine; an internal coolant leak. What you have to determine for yourself is whether or not the 'smoke' is about the same as other cars around you. Here in VA, particularly the DC area, you will encounter many cold humid days. Under some weather conditions the car will not stop making vapor no matter how long you drive it. I frequently notice vapor from my VUE in cold weather after a full warm-up and more than ten miles if I come to a stop condition where the engine idles. Sometimes in really cold weather you will notice most cars blowing vapor even out on the freeway at road speed.

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Old 01-05-2008, 10:11 PM   #7
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Your catalytic converter converts the carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides in the exhaust into water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen.

Depending on the temperature the water vapor in the exhaust is visible... This is why it's still visible after the car is warmed up. Your ULEV Honda engine is doing a great job.

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Old 01-06-2008, 11:44 AM   #8
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Your catalytic converter converts the carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides in the exhaust into water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen.

Depending on the temperature the water vapor in the exhaust is visible... This is why it's still visible after the car is warmed up. Your ULEV Honda engine is doing a great job.
Actually, cars made water vapor before the catalytic converter. The water vapor is one of the by-products of combustion.

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Old 01-07-2008, 04:29 AM   #9
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Actually, cars made water vapor before the catalytic converter. The water vapor is one of the by-products of combustion.
I saw the same thing last week at an ATM just 3 blocks from my house, the VUE wasn't fully warmed up, but the conditions really made for a lot of water vapor in the exhaust.

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Old 01-12-2008, 03:29 PM   #10
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Hey everyone, I just moved to northern Virginia from Florida, and now that I am here this issue seems more prominent. I know all cars have some smoke/steam come out when they are first started and it is cold out, but doesn't it stop after the car is warmed up? My Vue smoked when it was cold in Florida as well, but it is more now that it is colder here. I see some cars on the road that don't smoke at all and some that smoke like my Vue does. I have no experience with cold weather and this is starting to worry me. Oil and water levels are fine. Is this just a Vue thing or is something wrong with my car?
It's a warning that you've moved too far north!

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Old 01-12-2008, 03:31 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=OceanVue;1180008]Hey everyone, I just moved to northern Virginia from Florida, and now that I am here this issue seems more prominent.

It's a warning that you've moved too far north!

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Old 01-14-2008, 10:56 AM   #12
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Actually I'm surprised that you're having cold-weather problems in Northern VA considering how close you are to all the hot air coming out of Washington. You also need to look out for the great waves of bull shet coming out of there. AWD will help some in that regard, but it really gets deep around election time.

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Actually I'm surprised that you're having cold-weather problems in Northern VA considering how close you are to all the hot air coming out of Washington. You also need to look out for the great waves of bull shet coming out of there. AWD will help some in that regard, but it really gets deep around election time.
XDDDDDDD u hit the nail on the head! Perhaps that's the reason behind the issue to begin with, the foul air coming out of DC.
......i didn't notice the same issue with the Binkymobile, then again she's straight edge like me, she don't smoke, drink or do dope.

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Old 01-17-2008, 04:09 PM   #14
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Hey, oceanvue; how do you like Northern VA now? I bet that thing is smokin' big time today.

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