Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Beeville, TX
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Burning coolant due to bad Timing Cover??
I put my F450 in the shop because of burning coolant. When ever you get a load on the engine, it would start white smoking BAD. Coolant was disappearing at an alarming rate. Like 5 gallons in 10 miles.
I assumed EGR cooler. I know from reading on here the EGR coolers on these 6.4l trucks are much better than the famous 6.0l ones. I have heard of maybe a half dozen people complain of broken EGR coolers on a 6.4l. As compared to everyone that owns a 6.0l having a bad cooler. The service dept at my local Ford dealer hadn't ever had to change an EGR cooler on a 6.4l. They went along and wrote down all my symptoms and I told them that I think it is the EGR cooler, and they agreed.
I get a call several days later saying that they have it fixed (but my airbag light is on now), and that they had to replace the timing cover to do it. I had a row with them about effing up my air bag system, which they denied. I had to call their boss (on his personal number at home) and have the air bag situation remedied. They left the ignition on and the batteries were low, causing an airbag fault.
Question is, would a timing cover cause water to get into the induction system? I know there is water going in or near it. It has a water pump mounted on it, I know. If anything, I would expect there to be water in the oil (which there isn't)
Basically, I don't know if they are feeding me a line of sh!t. I know they didn't actually test drive it. Or if they did, they didn't go more than around the block. I sure as hell know they didn't drive it after they "fixed" it, since the upper and lower radiator hoses were not attached. I drove it home this way, unknowingly. This morning, it took a dump on the side of the road (not surprisingly, now knowing the major f-up the dealer did). I don't even know how the thing held any water at all. I filled it on the side of the road this morning, and it poured out nearly as fast as I poured it in. It got so hot the engine went into "reduced power" mode, and shut down as soon as I parked it. If it wasn't effed up before, it probably is now..
I am definitely going to go and make some tech a new cornhole on monday (for the incomplete job). I just need to know if I need to make it extra large for misdiagnosing the problem in the first place.
Eli Benson - EMT, Ambulance Mechanic
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4 '09 & '10 E350 6.0l ambulances
1 '08 Duramax 6.6 (LMM) van ambulance