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I just replaced the power steering pump, have had the water pump and battery replace within the last year. Has good tires on it. I think tranny is leaking fluid. Hasn't started the last couple of days. Makes a "whining" noise when I try to start it. When I finally got it started, greyish smoke came out of the exhaust and stank. I'm trying to get some decent money for this car since I bought it less than a year ago and it has 139,300 miles on it. I can't keep sinking money into it. They wanted to junk it for $130 but I've put a bunch of money into it! I need some help. Plus I have college starting soon!

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Brandy Schaffels, Editor at, Inc. When it comes down to finding trouble in your car, sometimes it's best to trust your nose. While most of us enjoy that “new car smell,” there are other specific odors that motorists should never ignore. Use this easy-to-understand infographic from the Car Care Council to identify six car smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle.

Do you know when to worry if your car is smoking? Smoke coming from the tailpipe is not necessarily good news, but it does not mean the engine needs rebuilding, either. Here are the three most common types of exhaust smoke, with tips about what could be causing it, and suggestions on how to deal with it.

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