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Old 03-30-2013, 08:04 AM
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Newbie issue. First diesel and it has me nervous. 230 ECT

Just bought an 05 CCSB with 135k on the clock. Hasn't had any bulletproof items done, has a 4" exhaust and a superchips tuner that I verified is on stock.

Okay problem is, 5 hour drive home ECT was steady around 222 and would jump to 230 reading off my scanner running live data. I've read through the forum and it seems like a higher EOT is the concern. I'm just wondering what the culprit could be and how far I need to get into bulletproofing. I am planning on doing a heavy pull 3000 miles in a month so I do want this truck reliable.

I am planning on a bulletproof EGR cooler and swapping out all the fluids with an oil bypass kit as well. Do I need to worry about anything else?


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Welcome.

Sorry to say, but you have some work in front of you if your ECT is that high. I am assuming that was unloaded and at moderate temperatures.

I am running ECT of 192-194 when unloaded at highway speeds at 40 deg air temp. When I tow my 5th wheel at 60 - 65 in the summer I will see temperatures around 220 ECT when climbing hills, but the fan will jump up and the temps fall back to 210.

Keep reading up on coolant types, flushing your system, etc.... Once you start flushing you will likely trash your oil cooler (ifi it isn't already). What is your ECT/EOT delta?

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Old 03-30-2013, 01:13 PM
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It was unloaded, around 70 in northern FL. I was showing around 60%load according to the scanner cruising @ 70mph/2000rpm. It was holding around 9-10 lbs of boost constant. Checked things out today and the coolant was low in the res so after topping it off it seems be staying around 209. Can't tell if there was any coolant overflow previously because the engine bay was detailed before I got there. Doesn't smoke at all so I'm wondering if I should do the restore coolant flush first or jump right in to replacing coolers? If coolers are clogged will a flush free them back up or is it straight to replacing things?

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Sounds like u have something dragging on the truck like frozen calipers. Holding 9-10 lbs of boost empty on highway at that speed seems high. Seems like your truck working to hard empty. Start with that first.
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I'll have to check that out. It did seem like it should have more power but being new to diesel I didn't have anything to compare it to. What should a stock truck be running with a lift and 35s? I'll probably swing it by the dealer tomorrow but I'm not sure exactly what to tell them to check out.

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Why go to the dealer? Most likely, they will steam roll you since you don't know either.
Just do some reading, and if you are somewhat mechanically inclined, you'll be ok.
Where are you at? Maybe there's a great shop near you.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:56 AM
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I am mechanically savvy, just not familiar with diesels. Troubleshooting is seeming to be the difficult part. I was expecting "some" work on this truck but it seems like it's working way to hard to just move itself. I'll stay away from the stealership if I can though. I'm in southern AL @ Ft. Rucker near Dothan. I did see some posts on the powerstrokehelp.com guy in GA. He is about 5 hours away though.

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Oh I forgot to mention, cruising at those highway speeds, going from level ground to a hill the truck would surge like a stumble or hesitation. Maybe a result of the same issue or help with the diagnosis.
I thought I saw a write up on the EGR removal, cleaning & inspection before. Is that a good place to start to get an idea of what the truck needs?

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Open the hood and just jump in head first. I am very suprised how shade tree mechanic freindlt these trucks actully are. And I know my truck just seemed to wake up more and more with the work done to it. This site and these guys saved me $$$$$$ and alot of sleepless nites.
EGR cleaning is a great place to start. Just dont clean with break cleaner. And if that sucker has been pulled in a while it will be stuck in there.
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I'm planning on swapping out every fluid this thing has and cleaning out what I can. Just don't trust the previous owner. Doesn't seem like he stayed on top of things. I did get this for a good enough price I can put a few grand into working on it. I just want that $$$ to go to making it a reliable rig that will tow 14k # for 3000 miles without any problems. Running 10psi and 230 cruising on the highway completely empty makes it seem like this rig needs some love.

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