3 Things You Can Do If Your Car Starts Smoking

You’re coasting down any street in Austin and suddenly you see it—a cloud of smoke coming from your car. If you’ve never been there, it can be quite frightening. However, you may not have to ditch your car and run away like a Fast and Furious movie. Here’s what you should do if your car starts smoking.

Take it to the Shop

If your car is smoking, but the smoke is white, you should be fine. Simply drive your vehicle to the nearest auto repair shop in Austin TX. At this point, you might be frantic and want to find the best auto repair shop, but you obviously won’t have time for this. So, look for the closest and pull your car in immediately. Give them a timeline of everything and be as detailed as possible.

You also want to ask as many questions as you can. Nothing is worse than dropping your car off at the shop and only returning later to discover the damage was more extensive then you thought. Whether you have a ride waiting for you or you’ll be waiting at the shop—get as much information as possible about your car before you leave your car. You’ll want to know what the probable cause was, the problem, and how much it’s all going to cost.


If you’re knowledgeable when it comes to vehicles or you at least know your car well enough, it won’t be a bad idea to investigate the smoke yourself. This should only be done if the smoke is not dark in color and is not coming from the engine. If there is black smoke coming from your car or any smoke coming from your engine, leave the vehicle and call emergency services. Otherwise, simply pull your vehicle over, away from traffic in a safe area, and put your caution lights on. Be careful as you step out of the car, especially if you’re on a busy road or highway.

Once outside, take a look where the smoke is coming from. This could be from the exhaust pipe, the transmission, etc., and notice the color of the smoke. If your car is smoking from a place that you cannot identify, but you know it’s not an emergency situation, go ahead and take it to the shop and let the professionals figure it out. Or if this is something that you’re familiar with and is also not an emergency, get your vehicle safely home where you can do some further investigating and see if you can fix the problem.

Call Emergency Services

If your car has billows of black smoke coming from it, you’ll want to exit the vehicle immediately, walk a safe distance away and then call 911. If the smoke is black, that means there’s some source of fire near it, and we all know cars run on gas and oil, which are both very flammable. Call emergency services, explain to them the situation and they will be able to instruct you further. The most important thing is to be sure that you’re as far away from the vehicle as possible in the unfortunate possibility that it does begin to burn. It’s helpful to note that would be the worst possible outcome and cars rarely explode after smoking. But at least you know what to do if you ever see black smoke.

Where there’s smoke, there is not always necessarily fire. So don’t let fear cloud your judgment if you ever see smoke coming from your car. Instead, follow the tips above and call your local auto repair shop in Austin, TX. 

This post was written by: Kate Westall


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About Kate Westall

I am Kate Westall, a freelance writer and a professional blogger, who enjoys enlightening others about unknown and little-known facts. I love to write on all general and professional topics on Automotive..

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