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Old 12-17-2010, 06:41 PM
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smell of coolant on steep inclines?

I have an 04 f250 and had arp headstuds, black onyx gaskets, egr delete, rebuilt oil cooler, decked heads, uprgraded turbo oil tube and coolant filtration installed about 5k miles ago after losing a headgasket. I have recently moved and live on a fairly steep road. I have noticed while driving unloaded up a steep grade I get a smell of coolant coming into the cab from the vents. My truck is not puking like it did prior to the repairs, but I have noticed a small amount of coolant residue running around the outside edge of the degas bottle which seems to be coming from the cap(which is fairly new).

I have towed my 34' toyhauler several times and have never experienced puking problems(and has never overheated), and am assuming my head gaskets are still good. I don't have guages yet so I have not checked EOT and ECT temps. Wondering if any of you have an idea what might be going on, oil cooler again?
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:13 PM
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I would say check degas bottle for leaks, and check hoses and clamps. maybe it's when you're going up the incline that it leaks out of the cap?
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Old 12-18-2010, 07:26 PM
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Can a clogged oil cooler cause pressure to build in the cooling system that may cause coolant to leak fromthe cap(egr cooler is gone)...anyone?
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Old 12-18-2010, 07:59 PM
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park your truck on the hill and have someone start it while you're lookin at the motor and maybe you'll find if there is a leak or not
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Did they flush your coolant system when they did the oil cooler/egr delete and studs ??? If not you may have clogged to the oil cooler again with silicates and all the other crud flowing in the coolant system. Kind of difficult to tell with out seeing the truck. Take a picture or two of the leak and residue.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:55 PM
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if you found the problem, let us know so other people can learn. thanks
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