heavy white smoke from exhaust


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binforgiven2
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heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby binforgiven2 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:55 pm



i put new plugs in and got my throttle response back and it was idling,but only for about 5 minutes.It went back to loss of power and wont idle.There was thick white smoke coming from the exhaust.It is backfiring too.what causes white smoke?what would foul my new plugs out in five minutes?



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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:44 pm

What did your old plugs look like? Have a look at the pictures here: How to "read" used spark plugs

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby binforgiven2 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:21 pm

my plugs didnt look like any of those they were just black but today i put seafoam in my gas and my bike is running much better now.It still cuts out if i give it quick throttle from idle but not if you turn throttle slowly.i think once i put my new fuel filter on it should be good to go.Thank you very much for your reply.

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby kcmillwright » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:03 pm

Sounds like blown head gasket. I had the same just after I bought my 86 with 115000 miles on it. It was the water/coolant jacket to cyl. part which was great,since it did not contaminate the oil and do great engine damage. Check for milky oil,check coolant level,watch temp gauge very closely if you continue to run the engine. If oil looks normal,but coolant level is down,I would suspect the same as mine. I was an hour ride from home,had to make numerous stops to cool bike and add water to tank,praying the whole time. Replaced head gasket and have put another 20000 trouble free miles on since.

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby binforgiven2 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:56 pm

its running ok now with just a little miss when you turn the throttle quickly,but my taillights arent working and i'm not sure where to start,but i did check the taillight fuse n it was good.the brakelights work.can the brakelight work but the taillight be burned out at the same time?this is all thats standing between me and the road,well besides the snow,lol :roll:

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby binforgiven2 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:31 pm

i have like 24 lights on the back of my bike not working :x
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86pearlblue
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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby 86pearlblue » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:39 pm

It is possible to have the tail light filament burn out and still have brake lights. The real question is, if BOTH tail lights and other running lights are not working, where is the bad connection? That just takes time and patience to track down.

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby skooter lovin bob » Sat May 04, 2013 8:31 am

It seems you solved the smoke problem." kudos " You may still have a simple problem though. When you check your oil level, do you check it on the kick stand? if so, you will get a bad reading. you should always check it on the center stand or at least hold it level. do not rock it fast to the level point, the oil will slosh up onto the dip stick. get it level, pull out the stick, clean reinsert all the way in and check. I had a lot of white smoke from an 84 I just bought and it had almost a whole quart too much. drained it down, restarted and ran it for about 5 min. smoke cleared up. Runs clean now. Hope this helps. Now to figure out why I have no pressure on the clutch lever. Rebuilt the master, checked out the slave cyl. Stumped ????

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby 86pearlblue » Sat May 04, 2013 3:18 pm

trapped air in the system? In particular, where the hose connects to the master. It can be a bear to get out... maybe press the handle and crack the hose connection a few times?

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby r.swanson » Sun May 05, 2013 6:34 pm

1986 gold wing1200 what type brake fluid my Harley takes dot 5 what type would my
gold wing take thanks lost my manual

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby Uncle Werner » Sun May 05, 2013 7:13 pm

r.swanson wrote:1986 gold wing1200 what type brake fluid my Harley takes dot 5 what type would my
gold wing take thanks lost my manual
Use Dot 4 ,thats what is called for. 3 is ok in an emergency, the difference is temp capabilities. 4 is higher then 3. I believe Dot 5 is a synthetic.

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby r.swanson » Sun May 05, 2013 9:02 pm

thank you thank you thank you

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby highplainsbubba » Mon May 06, 2013 8:29 am

I too had the dreaded white smoke. It turned out to be a water jacket, blown head gasket problem. When I pulled the head, I noticed the cylinder looked like it had been steam cleaned. Check to see if you have a really clean spark plug.

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby r.swanson » Mon May 06, 2013 3:56 pm

this only smokes when I first start it up then after few min it clears up.

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Re: heavy white smoke from exhaust

Postby Uncle Werner » Mon May 06, 2013 9:59 pm

White smoke is usually excess gas. In extreme cases leaking head gasket. Dark to blue is usually excess oil, something else to watch out for. As another person pointed out watch your water disappear if its the gasket or extreme again a cracked head.




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