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So Id read about this somewhere--- one of the Lambda forums... thought Id let everyone know what it is.....
Finally rained here in Los Angeles- and temps were down to about 45-50...
So we come to a long red light---- and eventually plenty of 'smoke' begins to hover around the front of the hood.... and my gf says-- is that you?

I knew what it was....
Turns out that its the rain/water being evaporated off of the hot radiator/condenser.
Simply the water turning to vapor- and being visible in the cold temp.
Once you get moving the vapor dissapears...
It seems to happen when you come to a long stop (short stops I did not notice it).

I think it was suggested that its because of the grille being close to the radiator.

Just an FYI.
Especially since were in the cold season and you may get alarmed when you see your Lambda smoking.
 

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It is also coming from the manifold closest to the radiator.
 

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that really makes sense-- since the manifold is way up front.
 

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rbarrios said:
that really makes sense-- since the manifold is way up front.
Yep !
 

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I've noticed the vapor from my 09 2LT grille after going through a car wash. But it clears up in a few minutes.
 

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orlandjoe said:
I've noticed the vapor from my 09 2LT grille after going through a car wash. But it clears up in a few minutes.
Cold water touching warm objects .....exhaust, radiator, etc.
 

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I happened to have the camera readily available

Conditions...
I washed the Traverse the night before.
WHen I finished it was dark.
Overnight- too cool for moisture to eveporate from condenser/radiator area.
I had the vehicle set to remote start- with AC to clear the windshield.
When I walked out to car-- I saw the steam rising.
RIght after I snapped pics-- the fans came on-- and the steam was sucked into the engine bay....




 

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Yup, this also happens on my Montana SV6, the Accord did the same, kinda scary when ya see smoke and you don't know where it's coming from.
Specially when you are at a red light and people start to point telling you smoke from your engine.
 
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