Brown Smoke from Engine Compartment


#1

After a long day at work I got into the car, 99 Toyota Camry 175K manual, and upon cranking it heard a terrible squeel and got a bunch of brown smoke from under the hood. I gave it a second crank and Im still alive so I drove it home and it was fine this AM, it usually burns a quart of oil every 4000 miles and non of the fluids are low as far as I can tell, any ideas on what caused the smoke? it was a damp day and it was 95F thanks


#2

Check the condition of the serpentine belt. It may be time to replace it. If it’s the original, it was time to replace it quite a while ago.


#3

Belt was replaced 30K ago in 06


#4

It’s possible the tensioner pulley is weak causing the belt to slip. (Moisture on the belt perhaps.


#5

could be a bad pulley bearing and the brown smoke was “RUST DUST”