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Old 01-10-2009, 07:17 AM
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I think it's dead (part 2)

I appreciate your input in advance! Thanks! Regardless of the outcome I'm staying true blue.

I was on the side of the interstate Thursday night when I made my initial post. Here's what happened to the truck:

I was traveling on the Interstate with the cruise set and the radio very loud. I approached a slight incline and the cruise control turned off. (If it was an automatic transmission it would have shifted) I put my foot on the gas pedal and noticed there was not much power. I turned down the radio and I could hear a loud knocking noise that was timed with the revolutions of the engine. I engaged the clutch and idled the engined and the noise stopped. At this time, I could smell raw fuel. As I was coasting, the engine noise stopped and I disengaged the clutch and merged back on the interstate. (I thought that a dead injector had caused the noise, my monitor said #8 cyl was not contributing and the noise stopped) I was 20 miles from a Ford dealership and decided to limp it there and rent a car until the truck is repaired. I was coming up to another incline and I looked in the rear view mirror and saw white smoke (steam) coming out of the exhaust. I exited the interstate and pulled off of the ramp. Steam was coming from under the hood. I almost busted my a*& when I stepped on the side rail because it was coated with oil. I opened the hood and there was oil everywhere. The coolant bottle had oil and coolant in it. Diesel fuel was sprayed all over the underside of the truck. A code on the monitor stated that there was an EGR problem and two cyl (4 & 8) were not contributing.

Here's my diagnosis:

I've blown an EGR before in my company truck. I'm fairly sure this is one of the issues. When I blew the last EGR I looked like a meteor on the interstate. Same here this time.

When the last EGR failed there was no oil in the coolant.

Can there be oil in the coolant with a blown EGR cooler?

Blown oil cooler can explain the oil.

Is it likely to happen at the same time as the EGR cooler?

How can I have three fluids leaking under pressure at the same time all of the sudden?

It leads me to think that there was a serious malfunction that has destroyed the entire engine.

I just bought a brand new ZF 6-speed transmission last month and that set me back 5k. It wasn't covered under warranty. ACCORDING TO THE SHOP, THESE ARE NOT BULLETPROOF, DUH! The engine still is under warranty so I think this will be OK.

What do you think?

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Old 01-10-2009, 07:36 AM
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any mods that will affect your warranty? and when you said how there was white steam coming everywhere first thin i though was head gaskets. especially since you have oil in the coolant. im not very familiar with EGR's im still old school. so i dont know someone else will chime in but it sounds like a head gasket to me bud. time for some studs
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:59 AM
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There are no mods to the engine. The only think I have to be concerned with is the outlook monitor. I installed it to monitor the conditions that are not displayed with the factory gauges. I want to know what my EGT's are when towing more than I want to know the voltage of my batteries. LOL. When I have service they assume it has a programer, but my monitor is there to gather more information and set up fuel dump parameters for excess temperatures in the transmission and EGT's. I clear it up every time I take it in.

I tow with this vehicle 75% of the time. I was concerned with high altitude towing over the Rockies and the Sierras so I installed the monitor.
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