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revving engine, white smoke, gear prob
11-11-2010, 03:13 AM
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revving engine, white smoke, gear prob
I have a 1997 VW Passat VR6 160k. Recently it started to fall out of gear into neutral at stop signs after giving it a little extra gas it would jump into gear, as if I was learning to drive a standard, with that problem still occuring 1week later it was having problems changing gears and would rev a lot in 1st gear before it started moving. A few days later while dealing with the same issues smoke started coming out of the tail pipe and hood after I stopped mostly from the right side. The smoke didn't seem to have much of a tint mostly gray/white. The car does not go into gear at all.
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11-11-2010, 07:28 AM
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RE: revving engine, white smoke, gear prob
It sounds like you ran the transmission out of fluid. Check your owners manual for proper fluid level checking procedure. I am not familiar with that particular transmission but I would guess that it has a "vacuum modulator" that was allowing fluid to get sucked into the engine causing the smoke that you were seeing. If you get really lucky you may not have destroyed the transmission. There is also likely codes stored in the computer that could give more information as to what has occurred. You should have the computer scanned, record ALL of the codes (even if they don't seem relevant), have the codes cleared, and post ALL of the codes here.

Please let us know what you find.
Thanks, Garner

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