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Old 04-30-2014, 08:35 AM
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Noob w/smoking, leaking, & rough running engine.

Excuse my noobishness.
I've never had a diesel vehicle, but I know the general idea how they work.
I recently purchased a 2000 F-250 7.3 with auto-trans. Its rwd. xtended cab. 213,xxx miles.

The issues it has:
It will start fairly easily, it idles the way a diesel should.
When free-revving, it sounds kinda rough @ 1k rpm.
While driving, it gets really rough while in torque converter lock-up.
I can get it to lock up a little above 40mph, 1400-1500rpm. Ive had it up to 50mph in lock-up.
All other rpm ranges without lock-up seem normal.
It smokes blue nearly all the time, its not billowing but it smokes kinda like when your grilling out.
There is a lot of oil leakage under & around the turbo.
This leakage has soaked the trans.
There is what looks to be a removable shield in front of the trans, from here engine oil just drips away to the ground.
I take off the oil fill cap & dipstick and get excessive blow-by.

So it seems to me the problems I have are:
1. A leaking turbo, duh lol.
2. A cylinder or 2 with worn seals or a hole?


A little more info:
Since I bought it I haven't driven it much at all, probably only up to 10 miles total.
Haven't even done maintenance on it yet, or replaced anything.
My intended use for this truck is rare, only when I need to haul something, etc.
Ive had the idea to drive it around daily, just to see how bad the running condition gets and oil consumption, etc.
I'm willing to put some $$$ toward maintenance and some external replacement parts for now.
But as far as going into the engine internally to replace seals or pistons, not sure want to do that just yet.

So what are your thoughts, opinions, comments, etc???
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Old 05-04-2014, 01:34 PM
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So have I answered my own concerns? lol.

Anyway, this week I'm gonna try to do a compression test.
Been watching some vids on youtube, seem to me that it might have an internal issue.
I'll try doing the test with the harbor freight compression tester, seen that can work for a cheap tester.
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