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White smoke on 114K-mile 7.3L
2001 SD F-250 SuperCrew 4WD, 7.3L (completely stock), 114K miles, automatic
We took Dad's SD for a 600-mile trip last Thursday and Friday. The oil had 2000 miles on it, and we checked it before we left. The oil level was half-way down the hatch-mark, so we had added a little over a quart of oil to top it off, and I think that we may have added a little too much. When we got to the hotel and got out of the truck while it idled, a lot of white smoke that smelled like burning oil (like when you spill oil on an exhaust manifold) was fogging out of the exhaust. It did this for a minute or two, then cleared up. All the way home (300 miles), about every time that I let off of the throttle either going down the interstate or stopping at a red light or stop sign, white smoke would pour out of the exhaust briefly, then stop when accelerating or in the throttle going down the road. The truck runs strong, starts and idles good, and no 'check engine' lights came on the dash.
Based on the above symptoms, Dad got this quote:
"Remove, complete rebuilt and install - $1,550 – Taylor Diesel. 8 hour labor.........what do you think?"
I told him that it sounded high, and I would not schedule. Am I right?
How big of a job is it to pull the turbo? For this much - if a rebuild is needed, I'm inclined to believe that even on a stock engine, an upgrade like cangim mentioned would be better.
If seals are shot, does the turbo need a complete rebuild, or could I get a seal kit for the turbo and do it myself? Thank you.