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Dusted motor? Need advice!
I have a 2001 7.3 L with 130,000 miles on it. I have owned it for a couple of years and it has always put out white exhaust when started in the morning whether it's plugged in or not. The truck now will not start unless it's plugged in overnight. Once the truck starts and warms up, it runs great. Lately the problem has been getting worse so I decided to take it to a local shop that is very reputable. I was anticipating that I would have needed to replace the glow plugs or an injector.
Unfortunately the shop told me that my motor has been dusted and they did not recommend doing any further work to the motor because they did not feel that the problem could be solved cost effectively. I still owe $8,000 on the truck and I can't afford to lose my investment.
Can anyone recommend a budget conscious course of action to try and save my dusted engine and solve the hard starting problem? Is my shop correct that this motor cannot be saved without a full rebuild?