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Old 02-12-2014, 07:51 AM
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Urgent :Confused by dealship answer regarding EGR

Good afternoon,

My buddy and I installed an EGR cooler and Oil cooler in my brother inlaws Ford F350 diesel powerstroke 6.0.

Had some issues starting it, but got it going after priming the fuel pump.

Once it started, we noticed some exhaust coming out from where the EGR Cooler we had just put in, attaches to the exhaust manifold

But right about when we noticed it, the tow truck showed up to tow it to the Ford dealership so they could remove any airpockets from the cooling system.

The tool that was to be used for it cost $169 on the internet, and the dealership said they could do an radiator flush and remove all air pockets for $200.

So once it was towed, they started working on the radiator flush, when they noticed the slight leak between where the EGR cooler and Exhaust manifold meet. I know my buddy and me have to take it off again and tighten it up, not sure why there is a leek, we used the same gasket that was between the two in the first place, the gasket seemed good and seemed made out of metal.

But the Ford dealership said that if we do not let them fix it for $700, it will ruin the engine and there will be major consequences.

I had seen the exhaust leak, it is not that much, I wanted to wait a month or so to take it apart at the connection of Egr cooler and Manifold to reset the gasket. We lost access to the garage we had, so we have to wait for the weather to get warmer.

From what I understand, a slight exhaust leek like that only make you lose some engine performance and you have to be carefull when you drive it, in case you get some smoke back in the cag, but other than that no major deal.

What are your opinions on this?

Thank you
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:07 AM
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No, it won't ruin the engine, unless you have a significant leak or you run it hard and suffer high EGTs. Fixing it sooner is always the best plan, especially if you don't have a monitor with EGT installed.

Cold is relative, a portable heater can keep the back area warm in there is no wind. You could use a tarp to create a tent and that would also work well, even if there is snow on the ground. Do you not know anyone with a garage you could borrow for 1-2 hours?

Next time just run it with the heater on high. Air pockets will self-remove in short order.

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Old 02-12-2014, 10:41 AM
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Got lucky, got a hold of a friends garage in two weeks, not hauling any weight at all in the truck so it should be ok driving it for the next two weeks.

Thank you very much for the help. I didn't think it would ruin the engine, but just wanted to make sure I had a couple weeks to play with before I do it.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:50 AM
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just fyi the vac fill isn't to expensive 100 bucks and I have done the 6.0 both with and without

I think it fills fine without i sure as heck wouldn't have had it towed for a flush and fill unless it was a free tow
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My buddy tows cars, so he did it for a cheesesteak sub, not bad huh? Well, the flushing was done already by the ford dealership so too late for that, but when my brother inlaw went to pay for it, they had him shaking with horror stories of what's going to happen to his truck now that he has that small leak! Lol in two weeks, I will redo the connection and fix it!
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