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Old 04-21-2012, 05:50 AM
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White smoke when truck is started in the morning.

So ive had this issues since last year during the winter season.

I've been having some white smoke pour out of the exhaust pipe every time I start it in the morning. Does this for maybe 10 seconds then nothing.

Here's what I somewhat think is going on. I think im burning oil. I checked my oil this morning and is below the ADD line. (Oil was changed about 4 months ago)

So im assuming my rings are going out and such.

I also know my tranny is going out to cause of the fluid pretty much black and the fact that it always kicks into gear when I put it into reverse.

So i have an engine and tranny going out.

What do you guys think?
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:57 AM
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sounds like you need to start maintaining your vehicle(s) ...
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:03 AM
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sounds like you need to start maintaining your vehicle(s) ...
And whats that suppose to mean?

The tranny has done this since I bought the truck.

And how would rings going bad have anything to do with me maintaining my truck?

I maintain it very well. Change engine oil every 3xxx miles, flush radiator once a year. I do all regular maintenance on it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:09 AM
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How many miles on the truck?
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:33 AM
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How many miles on the truck?
It has about 124,xxx roughly
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:54 AM
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Seems like low mileage for rings to be wearing out. If its white smoke your seeing on a cold start then its fuel, blue smoke is oil. Perhaps the glow plugs are showing their age. Before you assume its eating oil check the underside for any leaks. If you still assume its the rings you can always compression check the cylinders, just start simple and move up from there
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:02 AM
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Seems like low mileage for rings to be wearing out. If its white smoke your seeing on a cold start then its fuel, blue smoke is oil. Perhaps the glow plugs are showing their age. Before you assume its eating oil check the underside for any leaks. If you still assume its the rings you can always compression check the cylinders, just start simple and move up from there
Yea it has low mileage for this to happen.

When i first bought the truck though, a week after my turbo gasket blew, a couple fuel injector sleeves and the steering box gaskets blew out.

Im almost wondering if the turbo is maybe still leaking or something.

Ive check under the truck and no leaks, Ive checked my drive way to and no leaks.

Any ideas?

I do also have an extended warranty on the truck so if it is rings, ill just take it to a ford shop and they will fix everything for free.
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worn rings will cause blow by. check for that. remove the oil filler cap and fire it up. if it's huffing out the stem, rings are your problem. that would cause blue smoke though. not white. same with turbo. blue smoke. and it would smoke all the time. even more when hot. if it were blue, i'd guess valve seals. but not white.
white is gonna be either fuel or coolant. does the smoke smell like raw fuel? are you down any coolant?
does it take long to fire up when cold?
and when you get it fired, does it run like a sack of hammers while smoking?
also, what year is the truck?
if it's the one in your sig, i don't mind saying she looks great.
what year though
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:30 AM
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worn rings will cause blow by. check for that. remove the oil filler cap and fire it up. if it's huffing out the stem, rings are your problem. that would cause blue smoke though. not white. same with turbo. blue smoke. and it would smoke all the time. even more when hot. if it were blue, i'd guess valve seals. but not white.
white is gonna be either fuel or coolant. does the smoke smell like raw fuel? are you down any coolant?
does it take long to fire up when cold?
and when you get it fired, does it run like a sack of hammers while smoking?
also, what year is the truck?
if it's the one in your sig, i don't mind saying she looks great.
what year though
Not down any coolant, i just did a radiator flush too. But no loss of coolant at all. When i first go start it in the morning, i turn ignition to on and let the plugs heat up and then crank it over, takes about 2-3 and fires right up, thats when i see the white smoke, but is just a big puff , it doesn't run white smoke. I can give it a few short revs and some white smoke will come out but thats about it.

Ill try that stem thing from the oil cap when I get home tonight.

I guess I'm just real confused on why my oil is below the add line, but exhaust has white smoke. And i have no oil leaks or anything in the drive way, Ive checked under the truck and no leaks noticeable or wet anywhere.

Its an 2003. Thanks for the compliment=D Ive taken real good care of her. Ill be adding a new pic here in a few with a couple of other things Ive done to her.
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try driving it right off start up cold. see how it feels.
i believe the 03 converted over to a glow plug module controlled system like the 6.0l. so a glow plug issue should throw a code.
try checking for codes. even if the mil isn't illuminated.
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