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Old 12-15-2006, 04:46 PM
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Quick question on smoke colors;

My truck's an 01, and I haven't had it through winter yet. Low miles for the year (60,000). Completely stock. All maintenance kept up.

Today was about 51 degrees fahrenheit in Maryland which is kinda warm for Mid-December here. I noticed under a good heavy right foot (Auto-Stock 4R100) the turbo spools quickly and I see an initial grayish-white smoke, not a lot by any means, but enough to notice if you're lookign out the right mirror and it doesn't keep smoking either. Truck was warmed up. No fluid loss on anything, truck cranks over fine in the coldest temps so far (low 30s) without plugging in. I've been plugging in when it gets down to the 20s. I only happen to see it because it was late afternoon and the sun was at a certain angle to the road.

Maybe it was the humidity, or something to due with the weather. It doesn't smoke if you just drive it normally.

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Sounds pretty normal to me. Even when stock, I could make my truck smoke slightly as you have described.
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:02 PM
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Sounds pretty normal to me. Even when stock, I could make my truck smoke slightly as you have described.
Cool, that's what I figured. I had assumed it was just a little extra unused fuel exiting the combustion chamber on a fast spool up combined with the low temps outside - I didn't notice any smoke at all when it was over 60 degrees. Also, I don't let my PSD low idle too long either, so it's not like I caused a problem that I didn't know about.

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Old 12-15-2006, 05:15 PM
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that dont sound totaly normal to me. white smoke is normal in cold weather on start up but not driving down the road in a warm truck. white smoke also indicates water being burnt. witch would explain not losing water. instead you might be using water. check the water if you havent. also unburned fuel will be black.
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:18 PM
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Honestly, I couldn't tell what color it was. It wasn't blue, I know that for sure.

Using, loosing; whatever synonymyou want to use.
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it was just some food for thought. if it sounds ok and acts ok then it might be ok. if your not worried i'm not worried.
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it was just some food for thought. if it sounds ok and acts ok then it might be ok. if your not worried i'm not worried.
It's always knowing of future problems to look for.

I swear it must've been weather related - as it has been real cool and real foggy in the mornings lately. This morning, no fog it was colder than yesterday and I couldn't get any smoke, and as it started to warm up it still wouldn't show any signs of the smoke I saw yesterday.

It wasn't fog I was seeing either.
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what part of maryland are you from?

Here is my truck BEFORE the 10k
Video of New Exhaust I installed on my truck from MBRP - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Usually the first time I hit it pretty good after a startup, it would smoke some. If you're seeing it at night it's more the heat and haze you see in the headlights behind you. If it's during the day it's probably not enough for other motorists to see! Anyways, if it smokes like the video that's fine, that's how about all of the 11 7.3 stock PSD's that I'm in contact with smoke.

IF it does that EVERYTIME you have decent accel, or just driving normally, or smokes then you want to worry. When your truck is stock it smokes so little and so faint that you can barely tell if it's black, blue, or white.... since it's soo light grayish, light brownish...
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what part of maryland are you from?

Here is my truck BEFORE the 10k
Video of New Exhaust I installed on my truck from MBRP - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Usually the first time I hit it pretty good after a startup, it would smoke some. If you're seeing it at night it's more the heat and haze you see in the headlights behind you. If it's during the day it's probably not enough for other motorists to see! Anyways, if it smokes like the video that's fine, that's how about all of the 11 7.3 stock PSD's that I'm in contact with smoke.

IF it does that EVERYTIME you have decent accel, or just driving normally, or smokes then you want to worry. When your truck is stock it smokes so little and so faint that you can barely tell if it's black, blue, or white.... since it's soo light grayish, light brownish...
I'm actually near you, in Harford.

Thanks for the vid, yep, pretty much the same. When it got out in the open more, it seemed like a lot but judging by how much smoke there was in the vid it seems it would be about what I had. No worries.

I'm still convinced weather had something to do with it.
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Sounds good...

Well if you are doing anything to your truck as far as upgrades are concerned IE: Chip, gauges, intake, exhaust, etc... or just fixing something gimme a shout! I can help ya out...

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