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Old 08-27-2011, 12:26 PM
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Oil coming out of tailpipe

I have been having problems with my truck overheating. I think it is the egr cooler. Any suggestions. I have also seen oil coming out of the tailpipe. Don't want to drive but need to for work. Any help would be great.
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You sure that is oil? Coolant flowing out of the tailpipe will collect alot of junk on its way out, and may appear to be oil.
Park the truck on an incline. Remove egr valve from the intake, leave it like this overnight and check the hole for the presence of liquid in the morning. If you see liquid, your egr cooler is toast.
Running the truck like this will change a 12-1300 fix to a 5-6000 fix. The egr cooler failure can result in head gasket failure if ignored. If you do your own work, you can swap out the egr cooler (or delete it) and the oil cooler for under $600. There is a link in my signature line that has all the info you would need to do the swaps. "step by step"
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:20 PM
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Before undertaking that repair, flush your cooling system and get a CAT EC-1 rated ELC coolant concentrate. You will need 4 gallons of concentrated coolant (no premix!).
Check the link in my signature for cooling system flushing. While reading the document, you may disregard the reverse flushing part of it, since that would be of no use to you given your situation.

Then, you should read the first link in my signature line "basic info" to learn what you can do to prevent damage to your engine in the future.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:49 PM
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I don't know enough about the diesels and you seem to know your stuff. Would you mind if I called you and asked you a few questions? I just wanted ask what you think a delete kit. Thanks for all your help.
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Just a side note. If it is actually oil coming out of your tail pipe then you'll be looking at a blown turbo shaft seal.
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You sure that is oil? Coolant flowing out of the tailpipe will collect alot of junk on its way out, and may appear to be oil.
Park the truck on an incline. Remove egr valve from the intake, leave it like this overnight and check the hole for the presence of liquid in the morning. If you see liquid, your egr cooler is toast.
Running the truck like this will change a 12-1300 fix to a 5-6000 fix. The egr cooler failure can result in head gasket failure if ignored. If you do your own work, you can swap out the egr cooler (or delete it) and the oil cooler for under $600. There is a link in my signature line that has all the info you would need to do the swaps. "step by step"
NYC is right, ensure it's oil. I experienced this when my EGR cooler cracked. It was coolant leaking into the exhaust mixing with diesel exhaust soot. Looked just like oil, but it was not.

If you have the $$, you may also consider the external oil cooler solution, and never worry about the OEM one again.
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