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Old 11-12-2009, 11:05 PM
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hi all. i have actually been a lurking member for years, but had no problems to report and unfortunately don't know enough to be of much help to others. i'm still in the learning process when it comes to diesels.

my truck is a my2005 f250 superduty w/ 71k on the clock. the only problem that i ever had was a plugged egr at 62k.

with that said, i now have a problem and could use some advice.

about a week ago, i would hear the engine fan kick on quite frequently. the temp gauge never read hot until tonight. i pulled over in about 4 blocks and let the engine cool for about 30 minutes. when i opened the hood, there was the obvious spray of coolant, but the overflow tank was covered with a light brown slimy substance. i noticed it inside the tank as well. i cleaned as much of it as i could and topped w/ water just to get home (less than 2 miles, luckily).

any ideas?
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:06 PM
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that light brown slimy substance would be oil......
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:59 PM
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Welcome to the Addiction um I mean Org! I agree you have oil mixed with coolant. I am going to say you have an oil cooler issue, it has taken a crap on ya. Some do a delete, but check out the bulletproof diesel redesigned oil cooler. I can tell you if I ever have a problem it is what I will put on to replace to old one.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:50 AM
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Welcome to the Addiction um I mean Org! I agree you have oil mixed with coolant. I am going to say you have an oil cooler issue, it has taken a crap on ya. Some do a delete, but check out the bulletproof diesel redesigned oil cooler. I can tell you if I ever have a problem it is what I will put on to replace to old one.
forgive me if this sounds dumb, but if i delete the oil cooler, this can't be good for the oil right?
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:57 AM
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It has its ups and downs the the cooler delete from what i've gatherd. Welcome to the org!
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I'm no diesel tech, but I agree it sounds like your oil cooler crapped the bed.

And no, that's not a dumb question about deleting the oil cooler. I can't remember what I read about deleting it, but there's quite a few people doing it. I don't think its as bad of an idea as you think. More recently, the bulletproof redesigned oil cooler has hit the market, but I haven't seen any feedback from folks using it.

A second option since your truck is under warranty is to have it fixed at the dealership. Ford is well aware of these failures and has changed the internals of the oil cooler. Mine hadn't gone bad (yet), but I had the new internals put in when I had my headstuds done. Just a little preventative maintenance on my part.....

Hope this helps.

** ON EDIT -- here's a pretty good read oil cooler delete

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Old 11-13-2009, 01:06 PM
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I'm no diesel tech, but I agree it sounds like your oil cooler crapped the bed.

A second option since your truck is under warranty...

** ON EDIT -- here's a pretty good read oil cooler delete

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just dropped it off at the dealership. looks like i might be "out of warranty" by about 2 weeks
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:17 PM
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got word from the service manager today. he said that the entire engine has to be replaced. he did not give specifics as to what exactly failed, but they are making an appeal to ford to warranty the job. i've got my fingers crossed.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:09 PM
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IF your oil cooler popped, the reason they are probably saying it needs an engine is because the coolant passages are clogged up with oil/coolant mix. It makes the coolant look like axle grease in there. The overheat was probably because the water pump couldnt move the coolant. They replace the engine just for that, not that it necessarily damaged the engine, just that its pretty much impossible to clean all that gunk out w/o completely disassembling it.

During the warranty appeal, they will look at if you bought the truck at that dealership, your service history with ford and your maintainance records. In my opinion your best outcome is going to be Ford pays for maybe half, and ask you to pay for half, somethign like that.
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Awww hell. I'm sorry to hear about this.......did they say what it was?

Any updates on it being covered under warranty?

Good luck man!

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