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Front cover cavitation

The timing cover on our rollback corroded and puked antifreeze into the oil on a tow. Was about a gallon overfull when it got back and smoking a little. 50 some k on the truck, keeping my fingers crossed when put the new cover on and change the oil it's not f'd!

Heard some complaints of this on the forum, but this is a first for us and we own 6 of these trucks. I'm just surprised that it happened at such low mileage.
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it seems to happen on the trucks that work the hardest, mostly 450s and 550s. we've seen a couple cavitated all the way through

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does the use of coolant aditive prevent this problem, im purchasing an 08 f550 in the next few weeks and am trying to figure out all the tricks to owning these engines.


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What metal is the cover made out of? Aluminum? Question is because my truck is slowly loosing coolant and my last Blackstone Report said I have 0.08 % Antifreeze in my oil along with high numbers of aluminum. Could this be my issue? Cavitation of the cover?

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it seems to happen on the trucks that work the hardest, mostly 450s and 550s. we've seen a couple cavitated all the way through
Bingo! Ours is a 550. And it did cavitate all the way through....
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From what I understand the 450's and 550's get the majority of the cavitation issues because they have a higher gear ratio which makes the engine rev higher inturn making the water pump spin faster causing the cavitation.
I maybe wrong but I thought Ford (or could be an after market) came out with a new style cover to help with this issue.

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What metal is the cover made out of? Aluminum? Question is because my truck is slowly loosing coolant and my last Blackstone Report said I have 0.08 % Antifreeze in my oil along with high numbers of aluminum. Could this be my issue? Cavitation of the cover?
That is correct aluminum.
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we recently put in an enhanced shortblock (reman) from ford that had a revised front cover design behind the waterpump. This is a fairly recent update from what I understand
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we recently put in an enhanced shortblock (reman) from ford that had a revised front cover design behind the waterpump. This is a fairly recent update from what I understand
So if you order the front cover from ford it should be the revised one? Can you order the front cover by itself?

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Honestly I have no idea. Usually there is a TSB or something regarding the part change but in this case a shortblock showed up at our shop wearing a new designed front cover.

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