Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

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Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by Pat-189 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:54 pm

Hi,
Hoping somebody may be able to give me a clue on what could be the cause of smoke coming from my bonnet after a relatively short drive. Just a bit of background I have a 2010 quashqui, and it is my first diesel car. Yesterday I came back from a 20 minute drive on a A road yesterday and after I pulled up I noticed smoke/steam coming from the drivers side of my bonnet. So I pulled up onto the drive and opened the bonnet and I got a fairly strong smell of burning rubber. Upon further inspection it seemed the belt towards the front of the engine at the bottom was the cause.

Took it to the garage and asked them to have a look, when they called back they said it was the brake callipers on the drivers side and needed to change, so got it changed as I’m needing my car for work and family. However after another drive today the same thing has happened. I had a bottle of water and poured just a little to see if it was something overheating and as soon as it touched the belt it hissed.

Now as you can tell by the longwinded and very basic description I am not much of a car man, but I’d like to have some idea of what I’m getting into as me and my partner are expecting our first child this week and I don’t want to use it if there’s a risk something may happen.

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Re: Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by andy2019 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:44 pm

have you checked your oil level, and is there enough water in the expansion tank ?

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Re: Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by Pat-189 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:52 pm

Hi yeah the engine oil is within the markers (only just so will be topping that up) as for the expansion tank, I’m assuming that’s the one to the left with the hand and steam symbol. It shows the fluid to be more than the minimum but I’m guessing it’s some sort of coolant as it’s very blue

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Re: Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by andy2019 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:31 pm

Pat-189 wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:52 pm
Hi yeah the engine oil is within the markers (only just so will be topping that up) as for the expansion tank, I’m assuming that’s the one to the left with the hand and steam symbol. It shows the fluid to be more than the minimum but I’m guessing it’s some sort of coolant as it’s very blue
glad oil is fine, yes you found the expansion tank the blue colour will be the antifreeze in the water. does the car smoke if you just leave it running for a while without driveing about

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Re: Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by MikeGC » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:27 pm

Without wishing to seem rude......
Any chance that there is spilt oil on the top of the engine, radiator, etc. ?
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Re: Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by calnorth » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:56 am

Someone needs to have a look at that better than the brake fitter. Is it smoke or steam for a start? The former should smell quite a bit
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Re: Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by Pat-189 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:21 am

So bit of a update, I let the car fully cool, by which time it was getting dark. So did another dipstick test and found it was very very low. Which to be honest I’m quite annoyed at because I did ask the garage to check.

Normally I would have checked it beforehand but when startup the display did keep saying oil ok. So started it up and boom, ‘oil lo’

So now I’ve replaced the oil and the car sounds and feels a lot better, however again after a small journey there was a bit of smoke. Nowhere near as bad as before, so hoping it’s just saturating it now, but I’m going to take it easy on it.

Feel a bit silly posting on a forum for what appears to be just low oil, but I’m really not a car guy and although I know the basics, both the fact it told me that oil was ok, and that it appeared to be coming from a different area from the engine block itself made me believe it was something else. Also the garage stating it was the brake callipers definitely took my atention away from it.

Also MikeGC, that wasn’t rude at all :) but no nothing I could see

And Calnorth, no it was only after driving it for a bit on a A road (I was going 60/65mph)

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Re: Smoke coming from bonnet after drive?

Post by scatz » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:25 am

Hi, A friend had this issue on a different car (VW gold petrol) where there was smoke, it was after the car had been serviced. He lifted the bonnet and found that the oil cap had not been fitted properly, so oil was getting out and spilling on the engine, causing the smoking. You've probably already checked this, but thought best to mention.

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