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Old 06-21-2012, 02:35 PM
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White Smoke Problem

So I bought this 06 6.0 last month and it starts pouring white smoke out the exhaust, wtf

its got upgraded Garrett Turbo, straight pipe, cai, egr delete, sct programmer, Idk but I was told arp head studs and gaskets replaced along with bigger injectors.

I took it to a dealer and there guy thinks the injectors are too big for the stock calibrated tuner, is this a possibilty? I hope so cuz it would be a perfect excuse to upgrade from sct's x3 to there custom tuned livewire.

when I beat on it the white smoke stops, for a couple days anyways, also my oil level is staying the same so no problem there. but I did have too refill on coolant twice now, slight bit of white around cap. hope i provided enough info so someone can help me out on this one, Thanks
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:17 PM
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Sounds like head bolt failure symtoms...

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Old 06-21-2012, 05:31 PM
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you should not have to fill your coolant at all unless there is a leak. check for external leaks. if none are seen, than i'd suspect the gaskets or studs. or head is warped
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:47 PM
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yeah theres no leakes anywhere i can find, so probly no easy way of seeing if the gaskets or bolts are the problem with out just pulling it all off? or would ya know by doing a pressure test?
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:56 PM
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Google 6.0 head gasket test.:thumbup:

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Old 06-23-2012, 04:47 PM
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kind of risky, but sometimes a quick test, is while the engine is cold put your hand over the degas bottle in place of the cap. then put the truck under boost by having someone power brake it, you can usually feel the exhaust pulse. or you can fill your degas bottle up to the limit of the cap and watch it bubble from the gases.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:58 PM
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If it's smoking and you've ruled out oil, it can only be fuel or coolant and since your coolant level seems to be dropping, this has to be what's producing the smoke. Add that you also have white residue around the cap and an EGR delete, it has to be bad HG's man. Check out the link and it will help you determine if you have head studs or the stock TTY bolts.

Are these the head bolts? (identify a picture)
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:00 PM
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Thanks for the help I checked out that thread and confirmed that i do infact have arp head studs and not factory bolts. i will do a pressure test my self and see for sure if the pressure is spiking above 15psi. with that being said my next question "Its probly a stupid one" but has anyone heard of junk egr deletes, the delete kit i have is from river city diesel, is it even possible with egr cooler gone to have white smoke out the exhaust?
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:03 PM
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EGR Cooler failure and/or blown head gaskets are the most likely causes. White smoke is actually steam. It's water burning through your cylinders.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:26 PM
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Thanks for all the help, Its looking like I have a cracked head, So while im in there im considering 08 banjo bolts and bigger injectors, just looking for input on choices of new set of heads, and any other suggestions for upgrades while im this far, thanks!
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