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Old 01-21-2010, 05:47 AM
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Unhappy lost 99% of my power

ok here is one that may be easy for some guru out there but for the average guy like me im at a loss. i have a 2000 superduty 7.3 powerstroke. has 125,000 i have owned since new. i have done regular maintaince 5k oil 10k fuel and air 50k trans. etc. this thing has run like a champ. i brag about how i work her to the bone with no problem. have only ever replaced one set of batteries and one alternator. i maxed out at 23 m.p.g. after i put a quadzilla chip in about 5 years ago. so heres the problem #1 it wont start in weather less than 30 degrees if i do not have the block heater plugged in and it has been like that since the first winter i had it. so i thought that was just "a deisel" because this was my first one. someone recently told me these new superdutys should start at below zero without being plugged in.
problem #2 for the last 12-18 months my fuel milage has continued to drop down to where i am at 10 m.p.g. and i keep saying need to check it out.
well last week i jumped in one a.m. (this is my daily work horse) and it seemed a little doggy in the drive so before i hooked up my 20' work trailer that it pulls everyday i hit the road to see "what was up" and i topped out at 60 mph goin downhill. i turned around 2 miles down the road and when half way back home she continued to lose power. it took me 30 minutes to milk it back home basically at idle speed. it starts just fine, idles great, but push the pedal and it pumpes out white smoke and wont move. (side note- a mechanic i know said bad turbo so i sent the turbo to be rebuilt and the guy called me and said by the way what WAS wrong with your truck because the turbo was full of oil on the compression side but it did not have bad bearings or seals that he could tell.) there is no oil/coolant mixing but i am getting a solid drip of oil out the tailpipe. is this power failure related to my m.p.g dropping? please help shes in the garage dead now and just wants to go work!!!
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