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Old 08-29-2008, 05:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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528 E39 - Occasional White Smoke

I have got a '98 528 which has got just over 100 thousand miles on the clock. When cold I have been getting a little bit of white smoke when starting, that has been happening for quite a while - other than that it has been running fine.

Occasionally (about once every couple of hundred miles) I am getting white smoke when I am driving - which lasts for a minute or so and then stops, sometimes you hear a quiet rattle from the engine just before it starts. If I hear the rattle and lift off the gas it isn't too bad - otherwise I get a complete smokescreen.

Any suggestions much appreciated....

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if that the case, it's probably just condensate locked in your exhaust system - thas nothing to worry about
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