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$3800 Repair.......and counting.
I am new to this forum and need some knowledge and advice. I am NOT a mechanic or that mechanically inclined. I have just a general understanding of how diesels work so please be gentle.
I have a 2001 F250 4X4 Crew cab. I bought it used ten years ago and it has 157,000 miles on it. All I have ever had to do to it is oil changes and brakes. It has been an outstanding truck. Last week it started spewing fuel. I had it towed to a diesel shop. On inspection, they found that the up pipes were leaking badly, the intercooler hoses were bad and a bad fuel line (obviously). I was quoted a price of around $2200 to repair. while in the shop, it was discovered that the turbo pedestal needed to be replaced as well, due to the plunger leaking. I also had a new air filter, fuel filter and oil change. The total was $3800. I was shocked but paid it because I love this truck. However, the truck is now running worse than when I took it in (minus the fuel leak of course).
When idling, there is a shaking that feels like the engine is loose from its mounts and there is an oil leak. But the worst part is the complete lack of power. It takes about a mile to get up to 45 MPH and the hissing from the tail pipe when the vehicle is accelerating is incredibly loud. Also, it doesn't shift correctly anymore. As I accelerate, if I stay on the accelerator, just before it hard shifts to third, there is a cloud of black smoke. The smoke stops as soon as it shifts.
The shop wants me to bring it back in and they think its the turbo unit. If so, they said that the part alone is $2000. I am tapped out with the $3800 as I am a disabled veteran on a tight fixed income. I am really disappointed to spend so much and get back a truck in worse condition than when I left it. Any ideas or help would be appreciated.