Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Georgetown, MA
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Did I blow my head gaskets again?
This past summer I had ARP's and Black Onyx head gaskets installed at the dealer after a diagnosed head gasket failure. The dealer agreed to install the head gaskets with the stipulation that they could not warranty a future head gasket failure. I gave them the go ahead and a couple days later I got my truck back with a fresh piece of mind. Fast forward to today: Towing down the interstate with my car trailer & car (about 5,300lbs total), I went to get off the highway. I realized I wasn't stopping fast and had to two-foot the brake pedal. Trailer got a little squirly but I managed to stay on the road and keep my truck in one piece, or so I thought. I saw smoke billowing from the truck, I figured I just smoked a brake pad. Pulled into the gas station and found the driver front wheel well covered in coolant, and the coolant had saturated my brake caliper, explaining my hard braking. I popped the hood and the coolant level was low, opened the degas bottle and there was a ton of pressure behind it. From June till now there was barely if any pressure behind that cap and it is a new bottle with the max line where the old min line was so it's never been overfilled per the TSB. EGR system was removed before the HG job, running a coolant filter, and I don't see more than a 9 degree delta between ECT and EOT even when towing. I was going to replace the T-stat today because it was running cold for my liking, 172 in 25 degree weather and unknown if it was ever changed before. During the summer I was running Eric's Xtreme street tune, always being sure to change that tune for his tow tune even if I was hauling my little 14' boat, and never romping on it. Any ideas? I'm just hoping the tech didn't put 245 lb-ft on the studs and I need to retorque... The irony is I'm doing a cab-off stud install on my friend's truck tomorrow.. Mine might be next!
04 F350 Lariat FX4 PSD SCSB, SCT X3 tuned by innovative, Insight CTS, Silverline T409 Dual 4" Turbo back exhaust w/no muffler, AFE Stage I, Coolant filter, Sinister EGR delete, ARP's, Alpine W205 w/nav & rearview cam, 155's, Powermax, RR Fuel System, AirDog 150, Tubular Exhaust Manifolds, JL Audio Stealth box w/10" W3v3, Alpine amps x2, Alpine 5x7's all 4 corners, 20% tint, hard tonneau.