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Old 11-14-2011, 03:28 PM
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Unhappy REALLY REALLY NEED HELP !!!

well i bought my first diesel about a week ago (03 f350 4X4 6.0l w/84,000 miles) when pulling my horse trailer on about a 40 mile round trip with some bad hills, i noticed after i got home the truck had spitt up some coolant but not alot only about 1 1/2 quarts ,so i took it to a ford dealership today and they said blown head gaskets as soon as i mentioned spitting coolant.they also never even came to look at it ,so i just decided to get a second opinion .the truck has no white smoke and runs great with no misses and no water in oil and tail pipe is dry ...could this still be head gaskets ????or what else could it be ???? any help will be greatly appriceated thanks... just let me know if theres anything else u need to know
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First things first.
A: Try a new degas bottle cap
B: You should have the coolant level no higher than the "add" line when hot
C: Park the truck on a good hill, nose down. Pull the egr valve out or the intake. Leave it like this overnight. In the morning, check the bottom of the hole for the presence of moisture. If you see moisture, your EGR cooler has failed, which was caused by a plugged oil cooler. BOTH of them would have to be replaced (or delete your egr cooler).
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:52 PM
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Also want to add, with the '03 the original Degas bottle. The min line is the new max line.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:28 PM
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After I turn the truck off after a drive and raise the hood I I can hear a whistle noise coming from the degas bottle cap....is this normal or could this be a bad cap?
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sounds like a bad cap
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:23 PM
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Will it hurt to drive it??? And us there any way to know if it is a bad cap?
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:26 PM
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Just go buy a new updated cap from Ford. It's like $10, and they should have them in stock.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:35 PM
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But will it hurt it to drive it if it was something else??
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does your cap look like this?
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:50 PM
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But will it hurt it to drive it if it was something else??
If it is head gaskets and you keep driving it the coolant level will continue to fall. If it gets low enough before you catch it you will damage your egr cooler. If it's whistling and puking then there is a good possibility of a head gasket being failed. But once you put the new cap on take the truck out warm it up, pull over and relieve the pressure from the cooling system, tighten the cap back up, then accelerate safely at wot to 60 mph from as close to a dead stop as you can. Repeat this one or two more times, then pull over and see if your upper radiator hose is hard again. If it's hard repeat the entire procedure again. If your upper hose gets hard again then more than likely you have a headgasket leak. However I have seen a bad egr cooler show up as a bad headgasket. But yours is an 03 so I very highly doubt that your cooler is failed as I've only seen one of that style cooler fail. But before you tear it apart to replace head gaskets you should find a way to monitor your coolant temp and oil temp and make sure that once your coolant reaches 190*F your oil temp doesn't get more than 15* above that during a road test. Or just plan on replacing your oil cooler. And if you have to open your motor up I highly recommend flushing your cooling system with motorcraft vc-9.
If you want the flushing directions pm me your email and I'll send you a copy.

I hope I didn't make this too confusing for you. Just holler if you need anymore help.
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