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post #1 of 17 Old 01-21-2017, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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*HELP* White smoke coming out of my exhaust!

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So I recently purchased a 2005 Kawasaki ZX636R with 18,000kms. I bought it before winter and rode it 3 times, then put it away for storage for 3 months. I went to start it up again and white smoke started coming out of my exhaust. When it started, no smoke came out until 30 seconds to a minute of warming it up. My bike is also low on coolant prior to storing it, so not much of a change. Additionally, my oil was not changed prior to storage, but it is a dark colour (Same colour that I left it prior to storing) but a milky consistency and sight glass is foggy as well (not white in colour also not brown either). Oil cap also had white bubbly residue on it. I will add pictures as well when I come home. I am thinking that the head gasket may be blown or water/coolant in the oil as well. Any ideas?
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Change the oil. Inspect the coolant. If the antifreeze is free of oil, I would expect that everything's fine.

You may simply have condensation in the oil. This happens when the motor doesn't get to operating temperature so it can evaporate the water out of the oil. When it's cold it runs rich, and the rings aren't sealed... you get more blow by, putting more junk into the oil in the crankcase.

The engine needs to be at full normal temperature for at least 10-15 minutes to take care of this.
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agree there rj my j goes shitty in the glass just condensation ,a nice ride should clear it out
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try above..
Check coolant, nice color or a milky oily top.

How long did the smoke last.
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I'd say blown head gasket.

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Safest bet would be to take an oil sample and see if there are contaminants. Probably lots of condensation, but if you have oil/coolant mixing likely the head gasket. Not too bad to fix.

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Will try that tomorrow! Hopefully that is the case or else the shop is quoting me 300-400$ for the head gasket
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I only took the bike out for a 5 minute ride around the block. When the bike is warming up and in idle, that is when it blows a little bit of smoke. Although, if I rev the bike, quite a bit of smoke comes out; but it is odourless. Also, I see water coming out of the exhaust as well. (Bike was stored in a unheated garage with temperatures that reach below 0 degrees celcius. That's Canada for ya)
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Hope not! I'm a broke college kid and insurance is 2700$ a year for the ZX6R
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Put some antifreeze/ gasline moisture remover in the gas tank for a couple of fillups.

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It's not sounding good. If there going to do the head gasket have the valves done at the same time.
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I only took the bike out for a 5 minute ride around the block. When the bike is warming up and in idle, that is when it blows a little bit of smoke. Although, if I rev the bike, quite a bit of smoke comes out; but it is odourless. Also, I see water coming out of the exhaust as well. (Bike was stored in a unheated garage with temperatures that reach below 0 degrees celcius. That's Canada for ya)
There's a good chance that you have a lot of moisture in the muffler which has to evaporate as well. If it wasn't warmed all the way up multiple times, there's probably some ice in there....... again, run it for a longer period of time and see what happens.

Or find heated storage.......

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before any headgasket removal ,i always check the oil cooler 1st saves a fuck load of work if its faulty

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before any headgasket removal ,always personally check the oil cooler 1st saves a fuck load of work if its faulty
On top of this sage advice..... the OP should pull the spark plugs and see what they say about the state of the motor before giving the thing to a shop.

Again, only after doing the extremely simple troubleshooting steps as outlined.....
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These threads always make me laugh even on car forums. White smoke is condensation in the exhaust. It will take time to clear.

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