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VW GOLF 4 1998 , rattling sound, black fluid and white smoke coming out of exhaust


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Golfy98
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Oct 4, 2021, 7:23 PM

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Hi guys :(

Black fluid coming out of my exhaust, white smoke , rattling on the right side on the inside, battery draininage ( trouble starting sometimes have to use cables)

I've got a
1998
VW
GOLF MK4 (J1)
1.4
251734KM

Firstly the car was stopped for about 2 months , no idea on last oil change or filter , the catalic converter was stolen along with the battery.

After I installed the battery I noticed the engine would sometimes sound like it would die but it wouldn't even if I didn't accelerate the rpm would come back up on its own and the car wouldn't die, the battery would also drain after a day and I'd have to start the car with cables.

After installing the catalic convertor the engine started to behave differently, I noticed the exhaust was extremely hot and little to no smoke was coming out and the smoke looked white to me so I begun to worry.

After meeting up with a friend who is a mechanic he took a first look and had to add 5W oil because he said the car had no oil and it needed a change ASAP the following day I started the car to check if the battery drained to my content it didn't I left the car idling a few min to monitor its behaviour, a friend of mine came and accelerated the car I then noticed black fluid coming out of the exhaust followed by white smoke , the engine got hot the black fluid became less and the smoke disappeared when the car idled but when accelerated mostly at high RPM's a thick white smoke comes out is this normal? Also my friend claims its the exhaust system that needs to be cleaned but I'm worried about the strong smell of something burning and the white smoke.

I also noticed the ABS light came on due to the being badly towed, the direction is messed up steering wheel goes to the left but the car is drivingstraight, a very disturbing rattling noise coming from behind where the airbag is on the passenger side the noise comes from inside the car not the engine bay and it sounds like something shaking out of control only happens when I accelerate in gear the vehicle or let go of the accelerate in gear while driving (on a downhill for example) , also I'm hearing a strong squeaky noise coming from timing belt side , right front tire , the noise could possibly be coming from the timing belt or not I'm not sure timing belt itself.


Hammer Time
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Oct 4, 2021, 7:31 PM

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Re: VW GOLF 4 1998 , rattling sound, black fluid and white smoke coming out of exhaust Sign In

Sounds like you just need to plan a funeral for this thing. It sounds like you have a blown head gasket or cracked head. The black fluid is water mixed with soot and the white smoke is burning coolant.

The other issues are just icing on the cake. It's not worth fixing.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 5, 2021, 9:34 AM

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Re: VW GOLF 4 1998 , rattling sound, black fluid and white smoke coming out of exhaust Sign In

Positive Spin: Look forward to your next car,
T



Golfy98
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Oct 10, 2021, 6:30 PM

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Re: VW GOLF 4 1998 , rattling sound, black fluid and white smoke coming out of exhaust Sign In

It's a mix between that and me just being super worried about the car , the RPM's stopped going up and down with the Cat installed , the car stopped letting off white smoke when I accelerate , haven't done anything just checked to see if the car starts and made a video for my uncle, when I checked the video the car stopped blowing out white clouds of smoke , basically the next step is to take it to get hooked up to a computer and diagnosed so I can know if it really is dying






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