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Steam out of exhaust

turbodragon

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Hey, just noticed (another) problem with the ol' L98 VE SS-V.


Even after prolonged driving, the car still gives off steam from the exhaust. Fair enough if in the morning and it's cold and it steams up a bit from the condensation, but after driving about 4 hours on the freeway (Albury to Melbourne), I stopped at a set of traffic lights and it's still steaming from the exhaust. Ambient temp was about 10-degrees, but didn't seem to notice other cars steaming.

Does this sound like a cracked head gasket or am I jsut being paranoid? Anyone else notice their VEs steaming from the exhaust more often than not?
 

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Yep me too, hot air outta exhaust into cold air = steamy.
Don't know why other cars don't do it as much?
 

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Rusted my mild steel Chinese catback in just over two years.
 

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you running any fuel with Ethanol in it?

You should see E85 on a cold day, billows out like a chimney.
 

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Mine does, and its a Ford.
 

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You can't see steam......it's a gas. Water vapor is coming out of your exhaust.

Do you check your coolant level (and oil) on a regular basis?
 

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Ummm...what is steam if it's not water vapour?
 

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He's being pedantic, Blind Freddy knows the way you identify the presence of steam at Standard Temperature and Pressure is only by the evidence of water vapour.
Whether the exhaust gas contains steam (water vapour above boiling temperature) as well as water vapour (below boiling temperature) is moot. It's fricken steam!!
 
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