What's up guys?
Can't figure it out.
A few weeks ago, is when I first notcied - could have been doing it longer, the truck started blowing white smoke from the tailpipe. It was actually more like steam than smoke. A few days prior to that I noticed that the coolant resevoir was about a gallow low, yes a gallon.
Thought to look at the coolant because about a mile or so from home one day, around that time, the engine started over reving when giving it gas(diesel) and lacking power, the engine temp guage was reading hot. Filled it with coolant, seemed fine. The following weeks I started to notice a faint whistling sound but couldn't pinpoint what it was, I thought it might be the vents inside. I also started to notice that white smoke was coming out of the tailpipe, usually when I was accelerating, it actually looked more like steam than smoke. This went on for a few days and it didn't seem to be losing much coolant, maybe just a little.
(I thought the little I was losing was from a small leak I had for a number of years, but only in the winter when it was real cold and it never seemed to affect anything else. I would just add a little each winter.)
I did notice that I had to turn my key on and off a few times to get the glow plugs warm enough, or so I thought, to start the truck right around the same time all of this other stuff was going on. A few days ago when I was accelerating from a stop, I totally lost almost all power, even when I pushed the pedal, I got nothing but it didn't stall. On the way home I noticed that when I accellerated it would blow a ton of nasty smoke. Yesterday, which was the very next time I ran the truck since the last episode, the truck started fine and ran fine with no smoke, I made it two miles and when accelerating from a stop sign I totally had the sputtering power lag(best description) along with the white smoke. I turned around and sputtered on and off for two miles until I got home. I turned the truck off and went to start it this morning.....When I turn the key, the guages on the dash turn all the way to the pins and then return to normal, never saw that before. It'll crank over maybe two or three times and then start clicking then nothing. The interior lights flicker as well.
About all I'v been able to do is check the batteries and they seem fine but with everything else that has gone on and from what I've been reading someone I'm sure has had the same issues.
Before I take it to Ford and get crushed with repair bills, I need to know if I should try to at least get it started to avoid a flatbed charge or if it's something major.
Any help would be appreciated. Our family only has one vehicle and unfortunately it's the truck.
I am a bit mechanically inclined and have worked on alot of enigines but never a late model diesel.