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Old 01-08-2008, 09:16 AM
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Block heater puzzle

My truck leaks like crazy when the block heater is plugged in. I came out one morning last week to find a huge puddle under the engine (the length of the block, about 12" wide) It smelled like engine oil, but the dipstick showed no difference.

Lately, I've also been smeeling fuel, regardless if the truck's been run or sitting for hours. Both of the hp oil pump lines are wet, and it looks like a small amount leaking around the filter cap. The valley underneath is coated with grime and looks wet, as well. I haven't taken the Powerstroke cover off to inspect yet.
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Old 01-08-2008, 11:06 AM
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well plug it in and crawl under there every 30 minutes and see if you can find something leaking. that's the only thing i can think to do. maybe a tech will jump in here..........

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Old 01-08-2008, 12:19 PM
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Is it slow to start after leaking? Also was the puddle coolant or fuel?
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:37 AM
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Is it slow to start after leaking? Also was the puddle coolant or fuel?
The truck starts fine. The puddle was oil. I've never heard of the block heater causing this sort of problem. It only seems to happen when the things plugged in, although I'm sure this is a symptom of a bigger problem and it leaks all the time (just in much smaller doses).
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:08 AM
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oil flows better warm sounds like your lines are leaking filling the valley and and just flowing out the valley drain overnight better now cause its plugged in and warm
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I had a similar problem. Once I'd started plugging my truck in for the year, I had to crawl underneat and tighten the oil filter!!!
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:26 AM
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I think TODD is on the right track hear. You better find the leak as when I had a small oil leak last month and put off finding it I had to call a tow truck once I did. In my case it was an hpop O-ring leaking a bit but then it gave out all at once and pumped all my oil out in less then a half a mile.

Check the 2 lines on the side and 1 plug on the back of the hpop for your leak. I think you will find evidence of oil spray around one of them. If one is bad replace them all! They are not plane old O-rings, I got mine from Ford and it was $38 for 3 O-rings. What a good deal, ,,,,,,,,,,,, for Ford.
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