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post #1 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Can't keep coolant level up

Last week my truck got hot so I pulled over to find my coolant level was basically non-exsistant. So, I put coolant in and haven't had the heat problem since. But, I'm loosing coolant. Tonight I changed the oil and noticed coolant all over the underside of the truck but not up at the radiator. Since all this started I have also had a fuel smell from time to time when driving my truck (smell it while driving inside the truck). Any suggestions of where to begin?
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cracked heads id say if you have a 6.0 cuz i had the same prob twice before i found out the real problem and i was getting fuel into the coolant throught the cracks in the heads and the fuel was eating all my gaskets out and finally blew out the intake gasket

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Its a 7.3 - hope its not that. Not an easy fix I'm sure.
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Oh and I do see coolant up on the top of the engine compartment also - just not as much. Its everywhere on the underside of the front end (oil pan forward basically).
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Start checking hoses and your water pump .

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EASY...Check your oil dipstick to see if you oil level has rised. If that is inconclusive you can try doing a oil change and see if you find coolant in there.
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EASY...Check your oil dipstick to see if you oil level has rised. If that is inconclusive you can try doing a oil change and see if you find coolant in there.
if theres coolant in there, it will be a white milky snot chit.

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Start checking hoses and your water pump .
also look at that weep hole underneath the wp shaft.

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I changed the oil and didn't notice the old oil being any different than normal. I had a new water pump put on about 6 months ago. I have only gotten that fuel smell 2 or 3 times total in 2-3 week period. I'll try to clean it all up and then run to see if I can figure out where its coming from. When I start it up and look around I can't see any coolant blowing anywhere and don't see any hitting the ground. Weird.
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I just went and had a combustion test to see if there was a cracked head and pressurized coolant test.... couldn't find anything there. He said that there could still be a crack on the exhaust side. Any other suggestions? This is beginning to get weird now.
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