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Old 12-14-2010, 08:04 PM
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Is my Turbo failing or dirty?

The last 2 mornings have been around -12 degrees(F) as I leave for work. My 2004 was garaged overnight and the heater was plugged in also. It stared up with no problems and I let it idle about 5 minutes before I drove it. As I head down the road everything seems normal for the first couple of miles but then the turbo quits working and the truck is a dog. There is no unusual smoke from the exhaust, no unusual noises from the turbo. I continue to drive about 10 miles on a county road with about 10 stop light/signs until I hit the freeway, then the turbo starts working again like nothings wrong. This is the second consecutive day it acted like this, except today it cut in/out a few times after I hit the freeway. Could there be some moisture causing icing in the turbo? None of my fellow Ford truckers ever heard of this. Also,I just had the EGR replaced but that really shouldn't affect the turbo (?) Tomorrow morning should be around +10F so I hope to find out if it's a cold air related issue. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Larry
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:32 AM
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This sounds like something I've never heard of...... When you replaced your EGR, what was replaced? the valve, the cooler...??
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sticking vgt valve.. or the vanes are sticking...thats where I would start...
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:21 AM
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I agree with lacooks. Just get it on the freeway and wind her up and down. Work the hell out of the turbo and put in some diesel cleaner and cetane booster. i personally use Diesel Kleen.

My truck did the exact same thing and that is what I did to fix it. Hasn't come back yet.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:04 PM
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I replaced the EGR Valve, not the cooler. I have read on this forum some guys removing and cleaning their turbo's but I can assure you I do not have time to do this right now but it does sound fun. I will try the cleaners in a can and see if that works. Thanks for the help.
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