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Old 04-05-2013, 11:20 AM
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Blown head gasket?

I went outside to install my DashBoss EGT and Fuel Pressure addons today and crawl under the truck to find this:

Coolant has started dripping down my passenger side frame rail so I traced it as high as I could see and it is coming from up above where the block heater cord attaches. I can't see any higher but I tried to put my phone up in there and film with the light on. I don't know exactly where it is leaking from. Could this be my headgaskets or EGR or what?

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Also, noticed that there was a mouse nest underneath my turbo... I bought this truck from my grandparents after my grandpa passed away about a year and a half ago and they weren't too concerned with maintenance. I'm just glad it was the fireproof insulation from my firewall and the inside of my hood.

Any insight about whether this is headgaskets or not would be appreciated. The first picture is of the mouse nest under the turbo.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:23 AM
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It is not the head gaskets. Most likely a leak from your EGR cooler.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:37 AM
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Really? Oh man that is good news! I have a Gen2 EGR delete on the way from IPR and hopefully it'll be here soon. I was planning on doing a coolant flush this weekend and oil cooler swap, should I go ahead and do that now or wait until I have the delete in hand?
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:41 AM
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Wait til you have the delete in hand. Unless you want to pull it all apart twice.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:58 AM
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Okay, I just called Vince and he said they are currently out of stock and it'll be Monday before it ships. Once I get it, is a leaking EGR Cooler going to affect the flush? i.e. could it be clogged and not allow coolant to flow through it and flush the system properly?
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Could be.......
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:55 PM
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Also, I might have to go back to work (drive from KY to Cambridge OH) soon, would it be okay to drive it with it leaking like this?
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:00 PM
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Bring it to me in Carrollton Ohio. I can do it for you.
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you'll want to flush with 2qrts of vc-9 25$ a qrt from dealer but it cleans iron, scale and removes the silicate. I just had a blown headgasket and getting fixed this weekend.

1. you have gauges to check temp dif between engine oil temp and engine coolant temp?

2. have you run a pressure test on coolant system?
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:58 PM
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I do have a DashBoss to monitor everything. My delta is about 15 degrees, so I know I need to change my oil cooler. I have all of my parts ready to go I just can't start on it right now because I'm supposed to be going back to work next week.


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