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Old 02-18-2012, 06:11 PM
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Smelling coolant while driving

I have a 2004 f250 powerstroke that i just purchased recently. I basically know nothing about diesel engines just to start off! When driving lately I have been smelling what i think is coolant and i have no idea why. is it burning? is it leaking? it does get low. what kind of coolant should i be running in it? also what color should it be?
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:18 PM
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You'll come to love that truck, but it may take some money first. From bad designs, and mainly from a lack of proper, religious maintenance, there can be some problems. There's plenty of threads on here for the beginner on what goes wrong in these motors and how to fix it.
We can't tell you if it's burning or leaking it. You'll have to find that out for yourself. Can you smell burnt coolant in the tailpipe?
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:36 PM
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if your windows are fogging up it could be your heater core? time to check the tech file in this forum first, it will answer many beginners questions. then give us some more symtoms.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:32 PM
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typically I can only smell the coolant smell when I am accelerating to high speeds and going at high speeds. not sure if that has anything to do with it. How would I know if it is burning or leaking? After plowing i opened up the cap of it and there was a lot of steam coming out of the top as well. should i consider a coolant flush and new coolant?
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:21 AM
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If it's leaking you'll see it?
You should probably get some sort of monitor solution to see what the difference in your ECT and EOT is. If the oil cooler is clogged, the difference might be very high, causing other problems, and possible coolant leaks.
But obviously, I'd look all over for leaks first.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:34 AM
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Start off with the cheap and easy fix first as it could just be a failed degas bottle cap. Everyone I know has replaced their cap at least once. Then what do you expect for a hunk of plastic.
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