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Old 12-30-2012, 07:37 PM
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diesel in the coolant?

2005 6.0 230k miles egr delete

I think its getting diesel in the coolant but I can't 100% tell. Ive drained it twice and checked it both times. I can't tell if its just dirty water or diesel or something else I dont know. Is there any special way to tell?
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Usually the smell is a dead giveaway. Think it could be oil? Do you have a monitor?

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diesel is going to naturally float to the highest point in the cooling system so if anything you'll find it floating around in your degas bottle. Like mentioned above the smell is the giveaway.
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Hello All , I too have diesel in the coolant. I can see at the top of the degas bottle and plus can smell it a mile away.
This is a 2007 F-450, I did the XDP EGR Delete back in April and the truck was running much better until the past month or so.
I noticed coolant leaking and upon looking under the hood, It seemed to be coming out from the cap on degas bottle, So I changed the cap and it started doing it again. It seems the diesel is melting the rubber ring in the cap.

I would appreciate any help and guidance on this. I need this truck for work and can’t afford for it to break down.

Do I need to do a head gasket? Also after doing the delete kit, should I have ran a flash programmer? I never had the CEL come on so I didnt bother.

Thanks for any help you can give me! This site always seems to help me get back on the road
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Re: diesel in the coolant?

Diesel in the coolant is not very common, you didn't do anything wrong. It is typically related to a bad injector cup or cracked head. Either way the heads probably need to be pulled and checked, unless you can verify a bad injector cup, not sure how easy that would be.

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The injector cups on the 6.0 aren't typically the problem area for this situation. They am crack though and definitely should be checked out. However that was more of a 7.3 problem than a 6.0 problem. The 6.0 problem is worse costing you a head cause the head is usually what cracks between the fuel rail and water jacket leaking fuel into the coolant. Either case is going to require you to yank the heads unless you can verify 100% that the cups are indeed cracked and leaking.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:42 AM
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So I talked to one of the guys I know at the local dealer and we are def leaning towards a cracked head. He tells me it will run up near 4K . Does this sound in the ballpark? He told me new heads and hoses with labor. Is there anything else I should be doing when this thing is all torn apart??
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:42 AM
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You can buy brand new cast's heads from Odessa cylinder heads for $700 each shipped and that includes return shipping labels for your bad heads.
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