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Best Ways To Fix Black Smoke From Exhaust Issue!

Smoke from the car’s exhaust speaks a lot about the present status of the vehicle. Things may seem to be running fine but black smoke from exhaust clearly indicates poor health of engine.

To know what exactly the reasons for black smoke from car are, look at the causes stated below by our experts so that the maintenance tips for the same can be followed later.

6 Most Common Causes Of Black Smoke From Exhaust

Before heading towards the reasons related to this problem, let’s first understand what exactly black smoke is? To commence, it is mainly the fumes consisting dirt, which blows out of the car’s exhaust system. So, if there are thick and black colored vapours, this means that the fuel burns with the less amount of air in the engine.

Now the question is what causes the formation of black smoke out of exhaust? Well, the answer to this lies with the faulty car’s component like air filter and the fuel injectors.

1. Clogged Air Filters

With dust blocking the air filter, there are chances that sufficient air amount is not reaching the cylinder. As a result, more fuel is being burnt. And, ultimately this causes black smoke from exhaust irrespective of the fact that the fuel injectors are working properly.

Besides this, due to the heavy load or during hard acceleration also black smoke can be found, as the fuel is not injected at the right time.

2. Damaged Fuel Injectors

In case of the good fuel injector, the fuel is properly atomized, which means the fine droplets of fuel are spreading equally in the cylinder. However, if the injectors don’t close on time or they are clogged, there are chances that more fuel is injected in a certain area called as rich mixture area of the car. In this situation, even the amount of air is insufficient for the combustion of fuel due to blocked injectors (and the few opened ones inject only fuel).

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How to stop black smoke from exhaust. Source: IndiaMART

As a result, solid carbon is formed from the fuel not burnt, which is emitted as a black smoke from the tailpipe of the car.

3. Faulty MAF Sensors

The work of Mass Airflow sensor is to determine the volume of air entering the engine, which in turn, helps in measuring the amount of fuel to be injected inside the cylinder. This entire functioning is important for the complete combustion of fuel in the engine. Otherwise, a malfunctioning MAF sensor can lead to poor performing engine.

4. Bad EGR Valve

The EGR reduces emission of nitrogen oxides by re-circulating portion of an engine’s exhaust gas to the internal combustion engine. If this component is damaged, it emits all the black smoke out of exhaust.

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Preventing black smoke from exhaust. Source: Drive2

5. Damaged Piston Rings

One possible reason behind black smoke from exhaust pipe is damaged piston rings. Piston Rings are designed to prevent the infiltration of engine oil inside the combustion chamber. If there is any problem with the piston rings, the engine oil starts flowing into the combustion chamber. The combustion of the mixture of this engine oil and the fuel delivers black smoke.

6. Engine Deposits

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Black exhaust smoke can be caused by engine deposits. Source: Carmudi

Engine deposits are another reason causing black smoke from tailpipe. When the engine is new, it will run fluently without any problems. But after a long period of use, the engine conditions get worse and worse and this consists of  getting accumulations of combustion product in important areas like combustion chambers and injectors. And these interfere with best functioning.

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How To Get Rid Of Black Smoke From Exhaust Pipe?

If you observe black smoke coming out of exhaust pipe, here are ways you can do to fix this problems.

4 ways to fix black smoke from car
4 ways to fix black smoke from car. Source: DriveTribe

1. Clean Air System

The internal combustion process requires  the correct amount of air intake to burn the fuel completely. If there is a lack of of air coming into the engine, the fuel will be burnt partially then leads to black smoke from tailpipe. Fuel needs to be burnt fully as it will only emit CO2 and water, which do not cause black smoke. That is why the correct combination of fuel and air is so important if you want to avoid black smoke. Thus, check your air cleaner system to see if it is dirty or clogged as this might prevent air from coming inside. If your air cleaner system is dirty or clogged, you will need to clean it or replace it if necessary.

2. Use Common -Rail Fuel Injection System

All most new diesel-powered vehicles use a common rail fuel injection system which is a high-pressure injection system feeding fuel directly to the solenoid valves. By using this high-tech injection system, there will be hard for any emissions or black smoke to come out at all. So when you want to buy a diesel vehicle, pick the one that uses the common rail fuel injection. Then you don’t have to worry about black smoke from exhaust any more.

3. Use Fuel Additives

Mixing the diesel fuel with a detergent additive can help you clean engine deposits. Source: Philkotse

Combustion debris and deposits will gradually build in the fuel injectors and cylinder chambers. The mixture of fuel and these deposits will reduce the fuel economy and lower the performance of the engine, causing black smoke emitted from the exhaust pipe. Luckily, you can mix the diesel fuel with a detergent additive to get rid of these harmful deposits. The black smoke will disappear after a few days after you do that.

4. Get The Engine Rings Checked And Replaced If Damaged

As a damaged piston rings can cause black smoke from exhaust when accelerating so you should check them and replace if necessary to get rid of black exhaust smoke.

Besides it will be better if you regularly maintain your vehicle. When driven for long, you should give your vehicle some rest. Resume the trip when the engine cools down.

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Watch the video below to see more reasons causing smoke in car: 

Hopefully, after reading this article, you will get useful knowledge about what causes black smoke and how to get rid of it. If you have any question about this topic, feel free to leave it in our comment section, our car experts will answer it for you sooner.

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    1. Moses says

      Am moses am from Nigeria I ave a Honda Civic 2000 model that is bringing out black smoke gradually what do the car is electric carburetor what do I do

      1. Nene says

        Pls have u fix the black smoke am having same issue

  2. Richie says

    I own a galant viento v6 1994 which have been performing poorly of late. It emits black smoke, picks very slowly and consumes a lot of fuel what is the possible cause to this malfunctions?

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  4. prosper says


    I have a Nissan XTrail Diesel 2.0. Its letting out black smoke from the exhaust. I hv changed the turbo hoping to clear this problem

  5. Eric says

    My toyota conquest16rs have black smoke from the pluqs and exust what is the problem sir

  6. Cody Andersen says

    I drive a 1999 Honda civic hatchback, the tailpipe is black around the edge but when I give it gas no black smoke comes out also the check engine light blinks what can cause that

  7. Kyle Eveleigh says

    burning any type of oil, Transmission, Engine.. will give you a blue smoke emitted from the tailpipe.

  8. Richard Twum Barimah says

    I am Richard Twum Barimah from Ghana, I use hyundai accent 2002 model and have just observed that smaller dark smoke come out from the engine for about the first 3 minutes of starting the engine whenever there car settles for about 30 minutes to one hour. Please, what might be the possible cause.

  9. Richard Twum Barimah says

    I am Richard Twum Barimah from Ghana, I use hyundai accent 2002 model and have just observed that smaller dark smoke come out from the exhaust for about the first 3 minutes of starting the engine whenever the car settles for about 30 minutes to one hour. Please, what might be the possible cause.

  10. Michael says

    My T4 Volkswagen bus use to drag after 30 minutes of drive, I have changed the brain box and maf sensor, still doing the same. And I used to see black smoke from the exhaust

  11. Kou Vang says

    I have toyota hiace minivan gets black smoke so I wan to know how to fix? and is it big problem for the engine or d not need worry

  12. balor says

    Thank you for your wonderful information.

  13. waeil says

    what about Air Fuel Sensor / O2 Sensor ????

  14. William Sithela says

    Hi I have Nissan sentra 1.6 is using lot of petrol and I take my car to the Carb doctor but still is using lot of petrol.
    So can you help me how to do now and still there are smoking black please I need help

  15. Perseverance says

    I own renault megan 2004 problem is black smoke frm tailpipe and it takes time to start when its the engine is running starting to jack what’s the problem

  16. Ali says

    Hi I have Honda civic 2009 . Manual gear .. my car gives knocking at 2000 to 3000 rpm. It has black exaust hole .. reducing Mobil oil. Else car is going good . But engine is noisy .. suggest me something I can do .. do not afford engine replacement.. thankyou

  17. Jerry D. Ajavon, Sr. says

    Hello, I am from Liberia. I have a diesel Hyundai Santa fe 2004 model car that continues to develop one problem after the other and need your advice. The car is smoking, and I have replace two injectors, the turbo charger, the cylinder head gasket, and the radiator, but it is still smoking with the engine dash board lights remaining on after startup, and continues to burn a lot of fuel. The fuel consumption has become so high and causing me additional high cost to drive. Can you please advise what must I do in resolving the issue, cause this is causing me too much.

  18. TheBIgKingJ says

    really, what really happens in diesel pickups means then the pickup has had a DEF delete

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