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post #1 of 12 Old 05-19-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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WHITE SMOKE - Stuck in Utah!

Hey guys,

First off I just want to explain that I haven't had too much time to search on this problem as I'm in a bit of a pinch so please accept my apology for asking a question that may have been covered.

I am posting for my uncle who is stuck in Utah and is from Washington and needs to make it home. Here is what I know so far...

2004 6.0 Powerstroke in his SD
~95,000 miles and completely stock, just regular maintenance
He has had it since 55,000 miles and pulls his camper with it

Was running down the highway on his way home, had about 300 miles on so far that day without issue and all of the sudden had started experiencing very heavy white smoke. He pulled of the highway to inspect. Said the truck was running rough when the white smoke started. He said no signs of problems on the instrumental panel so that makes me assume gauges were reading normal, no signs of overheating, and no codes/CEL's.

He said he pulled the dipstick and oil level and color looked fine as did coolant. I'm leaning toward an injector(s) sticking open or maybe a turbo/turbo seal? I'm hoping for his sake it is not a headgasket or EGR cooler issue. But anything you guys could think of for me to ask him to help him in troubleshooting would be helpful.

I told him to call me once the dealer found what they thought the problem was as to best help keep him from getting ripped off and to also recommend some upgrades to increase reliability of the truck in the future.

Let me know what you guys think, much appreciated guys!
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-19-2013, 06:28 PM
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What does the smoke smell like? It sounds to me like the EGR cooler took a dump. If it smells sweet, it is most likely the egr cooler. If it smells like diesel, it is a fuel problem. If it smells like burnt ***, it is probly a burnt up turbo. Follow your nose. HE SHOULD NOT KEEP DRIVING IT THAT WAY!! I hope that helps.
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I've had a stuck egr valve cause a similar situation before. Smoked like a chimney, and ran real rough. Two bolts and a new valve, and we were on our way.

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Sounds like the same thing that happened in my stock F-250 6.0. It was the EGR cooler. And a Massive amount of white smoke/steam
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Former company truck I drove a few years back did the exact same thing. Truck was an 05 6 liter, EGR cooler failed.

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Sounds like EGR Cooler failed
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does it miss at all could also be and injector o-ring.if it smells sweet it's the egr cooler
but if it burns your eyes or takes your breath you can bet injector o-ring.hope you get it
fixed bud.

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question?

I'm traveling in SD.
puffing white smoke & missing at startup.
After a few minutes quits smoking and runs perfectly
No codes, all fluid levels OK.
Can't smell anything.
I have 2000 miles to go.
Injector O ring seal?
Any suggestions?
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I'm traveling in SD.
puffing white smoke & missing at startup.
After a few minutes quits smoking and runs perfectly
No codes, all fluid levels OK.
Can't smell anything.
I have 2000 miles to go.
Injector O ring seal?
Any suggestions?

i would say alot of trucks out there do this upon start up.the white smoke is unburnt diesel and missing is due to the thickness of the oil to the injector not being able to get the oil that is needed to fully fire the injector.when the truck warms up the oil is thinner around 10w40 if i'm not mistaken and the injector is able to get the oil needed to fire the injector does this make sense to you.

but if your injector continues to miss then most likely stickion or injector coil going bad or there of.but either way let us know what the out come is.
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i've also found that fully synthetic helps this situation alot.i ran this in my truck for over a year with not one problem.i want to say it is 5w20 i cain't remember it's late sorry.
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