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'ol Smokey
updated: Feb 13, 2013, 10:51 AM

By Dan Seibert

I was stopped at Castillo and Haley waiting to pass under the 101 when a smoking car stopped. The traffic was heavy going north, stop and go. Glad I wasn't behind them.

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 SBSRFR agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 11:31 AM

I would guess he has blown an engine head or has a cracked block! Ouch pricey!

 

 COMMENT 374008 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 11:44 AM

Cheech and Chong are in town

 

 COMMENT 374013 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 12:02 PM

Wow, haven't seen one of those since I left Phoenix.

I hope he/she wasn't driving far. It should be illegal to drive a car with a smoke screen because it can be so dangerous for oncoming drivers.

Only James Bond can do it legally... was 007 in town?

 

 COMMENT 374022 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 12:13 PM

The car made a smokey mess northbound 101 between 154/state street and el sueno rd.

 

 COMMENT 374023 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 12:14 PM

Well you weren't exaggerating. Unfortunately for the owner it does look like head gasket problems. Water and oil don't mix, yes very costly.

 

 COMMENT 374024 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 12:14 PM

Hard to tell if that is oil burning or steam. Either way it bodes poorly if the driver ignores it.

 

 COMMENT 374026 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 12:16 PM

Ouch! Madam Rosinka sees $$$$ in your future!

 

 COMMENT 374029 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 12:26 PM

I live up in the foothills and thought there was a fire as I was looking down.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 12:46 PM

Looks like one of my old cars..I wonder if it's for sale.

 

 COMMENT 374045 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:00 PM

What i was always told when dealing with a smoking car. White smoke=water, blue tinted smoke=oil, black smoke=fuel issue.

 

 COMMENT 374054 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:15 PM

SBSRFR and 045, are on the right track. That "exhaust" looks pretty white, which is steam/H2O.

 

 COMMENT 374059 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 01:28 PM

The little engine that couldn't.

 

 COMMENT 374085 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 02:07 PM

Can you imagine being anywhere near that while driving, there's no way you could see what is in front of you with all that smoke. Just a matter of time till he gets a ticket....

 

 COMMENT 374107 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 03:22 PM

It looks like Uncle Buck has upgraded.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 04:28 PM

Looks like one of those Misquito DDT trucks I used to ride my bicycle behind back in the 60's...

 

 COMMENT 374146 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 05:24 PM

Maybe they just put some sea foam in it and were cleaning the engine?

 

 COMMENT 374148P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-13 05:51 PM

It's just one of those newfangled steam cars!

 

 COMMENT 374228P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 03:44 AM

1-(800) CUT-SMOG. That's the toll free # to report smoking vehicles. Write down the license plate #, make & model of vehicle. Also: time and location. Dob in these idiots.

 

 COMMENT 374269 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 09:03 AM

Water white, gas or oil black.

What we see here is cooling fluid getting into the engine chamber and "steaming" off and out the exhaust pipe.

If this ever happens, immediately shut down the vehicle. Only worse and more expensive damage will occur. He probably only had a blown gasket (material that seperates the engine head from the block) but by over heating and leaving engine on, he may have warped or cracked the metal.

 

 COMMENT 374289 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 09:36 AM

374228P - Don't be so quick to be agressive about these things. The engine failures that cause this generally come on fast and often with little or no warning. Normally it is better to belch out steam for a few miles and get safely off the freeway (or at least out of traffic lanes and onto a wide section of shoulder) that to stop in place. You usually won't make much more than a few miles before the water and glycol residues short out your spark plugs anyway.

I had this happen last year with no warning on a well-maintained car due to a head gasket blowing - cost $400 to fix and did no additional damage to drive a few miles off the freeway, and no risk of getting hit in traffic or dealing with a tow off of the busy freeway.

Car crashes are not very environmentally friendly under the best of circumstances.

 

 COMMENT 374352 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-14 11:52 AM

Rex is the winner

 

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