Bought a used WK (~75K miles) a few days back. Since then I have been noticing a weird smell and then yesterday I saw white smoke coming from under the hood.
The source of the smoke is the driver side. I am fairly sure its not the engine (clear exhaust, no leaking coolant etc.) or the heater core (no leaks inside AFAIK) or even a stuck caliper (dealer did work on brakes before selling the vehicle to me).
It appears that the smoke is come from the steering joint which is pretty close to the heat shield as shown in the picture or something below it. Any ideas as to what could be wrong? The steering does feel tight but then it is my first Jeep and I have nothing to compare too.
The vehicle did come with a short term dealer warranty so I will have it checked soon. Would it be safe to drive until then?
Here are two images that show the source of the smoke (the 2nd one is the close up view).
Thanks in advance.