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Pea soup in my coolant tank?

I just checked my coolant tank and found what looks like pea soup inside. Wtf! My F350 runs like a champ and it doesn't overheat. Should I flush the coolant? I'm worried its something more serious. Please help...... Any advice?
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I just checked my coolant tank and found what looks like pea soup inside. Wtf! My F350 runs like a champ and it doesn't overheat. Should I flush the coolant? I'm worried its something more serious. Please help...... Any advice?
Sorry to hear this, and yes, it is serious. It sounds like the engine oil cooler has ruptured allowing oil to transfer into the coolant (due to the pressure differential of the oil and coolant systems). Oil is lighter than water (coolant) so it floats on top and settle's out in the degas bottle.

You have two options for repair:

1) remove and replace the existing OEM oil cooler. Upside: lower cost (~$350 for new cooler + gaskets, labor, misc. materials, etc. Downside: re-occuring oil cooler failurs are common, and either rupture or plugging (more common that rupture) is likely to reoccur in the future.

2) Upgrade to a Bulletproof Diesel air to oil cooler. Upside: one time fix; permanently separates oil and coolant systems; wont plug-up due to cooling system debris. Downside: cost; varies from ~$1,700 to $2,200 plus gaskets, labor, misc materials, etc.

I see you are San Jose. Left Coast Diesel (Concord & Livermore) or Devil Mountain Diesel (Concord) and are very familiar with 6.0Ls.

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That's exactly what I needed to know, what it might be, and a good shop to take it to. Thanks for info!
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That's exactly what I needed to know, what it might be, and a good shop to take it to. Thanks for info!
No problem. Happy to help.

2006 CC SB 4x4 6.0L
KC Stage 1.5
BPD 6 Phase 53v FICM, EGR, HD Oil Cooler, Bypass Oil Filter & Water Pump
ARP Studs w/ OEM Gaskets
DC Power 190a upper; DB Electric 200a lower alternator
295/65/20 Toyo MTs
PMF 3 Link
7,500LB Tuff Trucks Leveling Coils
Icon 2.5 piggyback CDC shocks
Dynatrac Free Spin Kit with Dynaloc Hubs
EDGE CTS Monitor w/ EGT, pressure, and temp sensors
Blue FPR Spring Kit
Twin F450 Auxiliary Springs
Banks Monster Exhaust
Truetrac rear/E locker Front with 4.11s
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