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Old 07-07-2014, 07:33 PM
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Buddy's '06 problems

Friend of mine has been having problems with his '06. Initially it was puking coolant from his degas bottle, so he opted for a EGR delete. After it was installed, he had some serious oil losses thus taking it back to a different shop. At shop #2 he had a new OEM oil cooler installed. Now his truck is still losing coolant from degas bottle and he's blowing white smoke upon acceleration from the dead stop. Doesn't last too long, but it happens every time. I'm at a loss as to the problem. Mechanic #2 says it could be fuel problems, but wouldn't the smoke be black if it were over fueling? The head bolts/gaskets are the original ones and he's been running an SCT with mild tune (+50 hp). What gives?
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well. Bud just doesn't want to hear this news, but he needs to hear it. I asked him to strongly consider the full route when he did the cat delete but he didn't want to lay out that much money. Now he's already a couple of thou into it and will have to basically re-do what's already been done, so to speak.

I appreciate it.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:45 PM
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No prob. I'm dealing with mine possibly starting to leak. No where near what ur friend is experiencing but u never want to hear it. I want to do mine myself but won't have time or space in shop till winter. but if It fails the pressure test tomo I have to for the first time trust someone else to take care of my stuff.... Which I hate. Anyway good luck


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Old 07-08-2014, 06:24 AM
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Wait is his egr cooler deleted? If not replace that first. Then run test on head gaskets. Sorry I thought I read he replaced that already


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Why did shop to install a new oil cooler? The only way oil can escape an oil cooler is via it rupturing into the coolant system.

White smoke is generally EGR related but since you said he deleted that my next guess would be fuel related. Is there any codes?

I would try putting it on stock (no tune) and see if that makes it better or worse.

I would also install a PSI gauge on the coolant system before calling it headgaskets. And make sure you are filling it to the correct fill line. And verify your coolant is clean and of the proper mix ration, and your degas cap is updated....there are so many 'ands'
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Yes, the first shop stop was to delete the EGR cooler. The second shop flushed his cooling system and installed a new cooler - which I believe he told me was a Ford part.

One thing I missed, and he told me today, was after the second shop installed the cooler, the mechanic took the truck out and got into it pretty hard. It was after this he began to see the white exhaust.
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