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Old 04-19-2011, 04:55 PM
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'08 smoking like a freight train and blowing oil out the exhaust.

I bought this '08 F250 a few weeks ago at an auction and it was smoking a little so I knew it needed some work. I went to pick it up today to try and drive it home but it smoked so bad after 2 miles, I turned around and parked it again. Two things I noticed were the temperature gauge never went above the half way point so I doubt it would be the head gaskets, and second, when I parked it, motor oil was coming out the tail pipe and the drain hole in the back muffler. I'm pretty sure at least a whole quart if not two in that short drive was blown out. What would that indicate? A bad turbo seal especially since it's not making any boost? Broken rings, but it runs and idles smooth? What do you think?
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I bought this '08 F250 a few weeks ago at an auction and it was smoking a little so I knew it needed some work. I went to pick it up today to try and drive it home but it smoked so bad after 2 miles, I turned around and parked it again. Two things I noticed were the temperature gauge never went above the half way point so I doubt it would be the head gaskets, and second, when I parked it, motor oil was coming out the tail pipe and the drain hole in the back muffler. I'm pretty sure at least a whole quart if not two in that short drive was blown out. What would that indicate? A bad turbo seal especially since it's not making any boost? Broken rings, but it runs and idles smooth? What do you think?
Could be a turbo issue , could be a hole in a piston ......... You probably should start with a compression check .
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:33 PM
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Most likely needs a high pressure turbo (the turbo on the drivers side) if you want to check it remove the inlet (180 degree pipe) you will have major shaft play when they are smoking that bad.

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pull the lower CAC boot and watch for oil draining out of the cooler pretty good indication of the formentioned drivers turbo.
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Turbo for sure. If it was a hole in the piston, there would be oil and blow by coming out the oil filler.
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If it was a hole in the piston, there would be oil and blow by coming out the oil filler.
And it wouldn't be running so smooth. Thanks I'll check it out.
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It's something that needs to be addressed ASAP. If it is the turbo, and it starts to come apart, pieces in the cylinders will make the cost of the turbo look small. Good luck.
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Old 04-24-2011, 12:46 PM
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Well, it's not like I can drive it. Between the smokescreen and one mile per quart of oil it dumps out.
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I ended up selling it today back at the auction place where I bought it. It was a real nice truck except for the smoking engine. I have a tow dolly but this truck is too big for that and I didn't want to hassle with the expenses of a rollback towing it home, towing it to a shop to check it out, towing it back home to fix it etc. Thanks for the help. Here are some pics.



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Good looking truck. It'll make somebody with a little mechanical ability a great truck someday.

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