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Are my head gaskets blown?

I'll keep it short.

This all happened this weekend driving across the state.

Symptoms:

-LOTS of white smoke out of the exhaust, at idle, cruising, and romping on the pdeal.

-Loss of power. I had to keep it around 2500RPM's to keep it above 60mph (usually cruises around 1700-1800rpm)

-Very rough idle. When i finally could stop (i was driving through the middle of nowhere), it was idling very rough.

-Drinking coolant. I havent checked why yet, but the rig drank more than a half-gallon of coolant in 50 miles.

-No oil pressure


Are my gaskets toast? Or is it somethign with the EGR/Oil Cooler? Or should i replace all three?

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You can remove your egr valve and see if there is any coolant inside your intake. If there is it might just be the egr cooler.

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Well to start with it sounds like the EGR cooler. What year is it has the coolent ever been changed are you running gauges, you said you used coolent in 50 miles (out the pipe or out the degasing tank). Pull the EGR valve i would think it would be damp or wet. If you install a EGR cooler you have to do the oil cooler that is where it starts the Ford Gold cxxp coolent plugged them up.
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the rig is an 03, and ive only had it since last april. I havent changed the coolant in it.

I'll check and see if its wet inside the EGR valve.

If its wet, it may just be my EGR/oil cooler? What if its dry?

Thanks for the help guys.

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Check your coolant for oil, then check your oil for coolant. Oil will cloud up quickly when coolant gets mixed up with it.
How was the truck drinking the coolant? Ejection out of the degas bottle, or just steam out the tailpipe?
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Check your coolant for oil, then check your oil for coolant. Oil will cloud up quickly when coolant gets mixed up with it.
How was the truck drinking the coolant? Ejection out of the degas bottle, or just steam out the tailpipe?
I havent had much of a chance to look at the rig yet. I was driving 5 hours to the airport, and I parked the truck halfway there. I'll be home on friday to check it out.

The truck definitely had a loss of power when it started smoking though. Like i said, i was driving on flat ground, and it went from cruising at around 1800rpms/65mph to having to keep it around 2500rpms in order to stay above above 60.

When driving up long inclines, the oil temperature gauge in the dash would jump a bit, but it would never get out of control.

The truck is stock too, by the way. My FICM is on its way out as well.

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Generally if it smokes out the tailpipe and uses coolant its the egr coolant.If it pukes out the bottle its the head gaskets.Thats been the experience here at the dealer anyway.

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I'll check the EGR valve and see if its wet in there, as well as take a peak and see if the degas puked at all.

Thanks for the help!

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