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coolant puking, please help!
I'm pretty new to the forum, I have lurked for a while but didn't own an excursion until recently, sadly I wish I didn't dive in like I did.
I love the truck, when I bought it it ran good, its an 05 excursion with the 6.0... I thought these were the better years built with less issues.... NOT
My truck had a CEL, so I had it check it was actually 3 issues, cam position, crank position and ICP pressure low... but the truck ran good. I notice it start puking coolant from the degas bottle. Reading a bit further this seems to be either a EGR/oil cooler failure or head gaskets....
Then out of no where the truck wouldn't run, it kept stalling, I mean like every couple hundred feet stalling, my mechanic thinks one of the check engine light sensors probably died, causing the issue with it running, I priced all three sensors and they are reasonable to replace.
What I need to know now, is there a concrete way to tell if the truck needs head gaskets or the egr cooler/oil cooler replaced? What tests can I run? Or have ford run? I can swing getting the coolers replaced but the 4k needed to do headgaskets was kinda out of my budget right now. The truck loses some coolant but not much, but it is puking, so I think that's where I'm losing it.
Also should I go with a EGR cooler from bullitproof diesel or remove it entirely?
Any guidence is appriciated at this point, ford said that they can't trouble shoot the coolant issue until its running, so I'm working on that now, but obviously I can't leave the engine the way it is...