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Old 05-13-2013, 06:22 AM
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Loss of Coolant

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Well I have a bad feeling that my worst nightmare is about to become reality. It seems like my engine is burning through coolant. I opened up (what I think is, I'm not very savvy with mechanical terminology) the degas bottle and there's no coolant in there right now. Where the heck could it have gone?! It's also pretty dirty in there...

First of all, I just had 3 gallons added to it on Friday. I noticed a few droplets outside of the cap, but not spewing out like I've heard it does. (See pic) There's no white residue around the degas bottle.




While I've got your attention, when I bought the truck and I was told it was bulletproofed (or rather they said "The big 3 problems have been fixed). I honestly didn't really know what to look for, but I read something about a 12 or 16-point hex bolt or nut (or whatever you call them, like I said I'm not very savvy with terminology) and that would indicate ARP head studs. I found something that represents that (see pic) but I've only been told you can see studs from under the truck. I see this almost below the degas bottle on the engine. Is this a head stud?




I'm just turning 18 years old. This is my truck and I have a 250$/month payment on this thing. I work at Texas Roadhouse for god sake. I absolutely cannot afford to stud and delete this thing. Is this just a minor issue? Or should this thing be going on craigslist to get sold before I have to deal with the problems?

And when I say I cannot afford to fix it, I actually mean that. Don't tell me to buy the parts and do it myself. I can't even afford the parts. And no, I do not have access to a OBD II monitor and cannot afford to buy one right now.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:34 AM
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Get a tester kit for exhaust gases in your coolant. Most auto parts will carry it.


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Old 05-14-2013, 04:00 AM
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to answer the other part of your question yes that is a stud
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Well, it look like whoever did the stud job didn't know the 6.0 very well.

First off, you have the wrong type of coolant in your truck.

You won't see any white residue with that green coolant, but you can see it all over in your picture.

Second, there is an aftermarket oil filter and cap on there.

Get that changed with a factory filter cap and filter soon or your injectors could be failing shortly due to inproperly filtered oil.

So I'm guessing there is one of a few scenarios; They used Black Onyx headgaskets, (which fail shortly after install) when the did the stud job, or they didn't get the heads properly machined or checked for cracks before putting it back together.

Do you know if the EGR Cooler has been deleted?
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:21 AM
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GOOD catch on that non-Ford oil filter cap!!

Sticks out like a sore thumb. LOL


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Old 05-14-2013, 06:23 AM
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GOOD catch on that non-Ford oil filter cap!!

Sticks out like a sore thumb. LOL


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You learn to spot them real quick when it cost me an injector!
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:36 AM
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Once he figured out that he has bad HGs then he can read up on doing a proper Restore and Restore+ coolant flush followed by a good quality ELC CAT type coolant. (If he's lucky it'll just be the EGR cooler)


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Old 05-14-2013, 09:58 AM
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Makes sense about the oil filter/cap. I bought it from a jeep dealership in PA, and because there was no sticker from the last oil change I wanted one done to be safe. Figures they couldn't go to autozone and get the right filter for me.

And secondly, I was told there was an EGR delete from the dealer. How can I find out? When put up to an OBD II scanner it said something like "No EGR found".

As for the coolant, it is green. I had that added when I had my serpentine belt and tensioner replaced on friday. (Hell, if they threw the wrong coolant in there, lets hope this thing blows up so I can get a new engine from them haha)


And finally, I went and purchased a new coolant cap. While there was already an aftermarket cap on there, I noticed that the spring on the one that was on there was all messed up. It was off to the side not even connected to anything. On the new one the spring was perfectly straight up and down and connected to the cap. Maybe I'm being optimistic but hopefully the cap wasn't holding enough pressure and my coolant was boiling away (which I know isn't good, but a lot better than HG) and dripping out.

Like I said it was just a few drops of coolant here and there. I'm gonna clean up the reservoir and drive it to work tonight and see if there's still any coolant coming out.


Another note is when I had them put coolant in it, I specifically stated that it needed a CAT type coolant and their reply was "Shouldn't be a problem".
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:26 AM
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Good Reading

Side effect of disconnecting EGR valve

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