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Old 04-23-2018, 06:37 PM   #1
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Dizzy Exhaust Smoke

I have a 2003 L200 there is smoke coming from the exhaust, its white smoke and only happens when I press on the gas after idling for a few minutes. I took it to get checked, I was told that the seals are leaking and it wasn't worth rebuilding the engine to fix the problem. So i figured I would just swap out the engine but I'm having trouble finding an engine that would be compatible.

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Old 04-23-2018, 06:43 PM   #2
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Try this web site: http://www.car-part.com Enter the information for your vehicle.

Note that you can search for Junk yards in your state, region or the entire country.

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Old 04-23-2018, 10:38 PM   #3
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The outcome of the inspection is that there are bad (valve stem) seals and then the leap is made to replacing the engine. I don't quite understand that. Replacing those leaking seals isn't an unusually difficult job. Are there other reasons as to why the engine should be replaced?

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I have a 2003 L200 there is smoke coming from the exhaust, its white smoke and only happens when I press on the gas after idling for a few minutes. I took it to get checked, I was told that the seals are leaking and it wasn't worth rebuilding the engine to fix the problem. So i figured I would just swap out the engine but I'm having trouble finding an engine that would be compatible.
How many miles on the vehicle? Which seals did they say are bad?

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Old 04-24-2018, 07:25 AM   #5
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I have a 2003 L200 there is smoke coming from the exhaust, its white smoke and only happens when I press on the gas after idling for a few minutes. I took it to get checked, I was told that the seals are leaking and it wasn't worth rebuilding the engine to fix the problem. So i figured I would just swap out the engine but I'm having trouble finding an engine that would be compatible.
So you see white smoke on a cold engine? Does smoke disappear when the engine is fully warmed up? And are you in a cold weather area?

Before concluding a worn out engine, especially from repair shops looking to score a large profit from unsuspecting car owners, perhaps you need to be informed of everyday engine running. As asked previously, what's mileage on this car? In cool/cold weather, most cold engine startups results in white steam exhaust as a result of condensation/humidity in the air that turns to steam from combustion exiting the exhaust pipe. Its always noticeable on cold engine startups in cool/cold weather. Once the engine warms up, less steam is seen. In warm weather, steam may be seen on startup but quickly disappears. All this steam is just moisture being created from humidity in cold weather. If steam continues after warm-up and the engine acts funny then there may be cause for concern. Providing some background car history can help with diagnosing problems in public forums.

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Here's a link to a useful article on smoke color and causes
https://www.freeasestudyguides.com/exhaust-color.html

Personally I would be getting a 2nd opinion from somewhere else before leaping to replace an engine.

If indeed it can be repaired, then do so. If it cannot be repaired and you are looking at a replacement engine, then why not just keep on driving it until the smoke screen becomes a big issue.

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I have a 2003 L200 there is smoke coming from the exhaust, its white smoke and only happens when I press on the gas after idling for a few minutes.
1) What exactly do you mean here?
a) Do you allow the car to warm up for a few minutes before taking it out to drive, or
b) is the warmed up for a shorter time, taken out to drive and still giving exhaust smoke when idling at a stop sign or traffic signal after a few more minutes?
c) Does your engine warm up time vary depending on warmer or colder weather conditions? If so, what differs?
d) How long has this condition existed?

2) Apart from the exhaust smoke issue, how well is the engine performing?
a) Is the engine idling poorly?
b) Does it run roughly as if there's a misfire?
c) Has there been a noticeable loss of power?

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I have a 2003 L200 there is smoke coming from the exhaust, its white smoke and only happens when I press on the gas after idling for a few minutes. I took it to get checked, I was told that the seals are leaking and it wasn't worth rebuilding the engine to fix the problem. So i figured I would just swap out the engine but I'm having trouble finding an engine that would be compatible.
First of all how did they check it? As others mentioned this could be weather related only not a engine problem. So get another opinion before taking their word to verify what is the cause first. That way you have a better idea what to do next.

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