A smoking engine is cause for alarm, no doubt about it. If you see a puff of smoke when you accelerate, it is a sign that your engine is burning oil. While this sounds quite serious, it doesn't necessarily mean your car is dying. By knowing your car's habits and how much oil it burns, you can keep your engine healthy and hopefully stop blowing smoke.

How to Make a Motor Stop Blowing Smoke

Step 1

Check the oil in your car. This is a simple task that people often overlook. But if you notice a whitish grey cloud coming out of your tailpipe when you accelerate, it is a sign your engine is burning oil frequently. See just how much oil you are losing by checking.

Step 2

Top off your engine between oil changes. Keeping a healthy supply of fresh oil in the engine will help maintain its ability to function. A car that burns oil runs a higher chance of ruining the pistons.

Step 3

Get more frequent oil changes than are recommended. Instead of waiting every 3000 miles get one every 1,5000. Using this frequent mix of fresh and burnt oil will help prevent the white smoke from appearing quite as much.

Step 4

Pull out your car's dipstick more often than normal, even if you don't suspect it may be low. Oil levels sometimes fluctuate depending on how the car is being used. It is important to stay on top of your car's oil level in order to make sure it is not getting to a dangerous, smoky level.

Step 5

Accelerate more slowly than you normally would. Smoke is caused by oil burning during acceleration. So if you accelerate more slowly, you will make less smoke. Ease into the gas pedal off a stop light and watch what a difference it makes on your tailpipe.