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Old 02-15-2012, 08:12 PM
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What Did the Diesel Mechanic Do?

Hello,

Today I had all fluids changed, a 4 inch exhaust, and a cold air intake installed.

Drove my truck home.....loud as hell (turbo whistle), but idling in my drive way, engine sputters and starts to die...I look at my dash panel and the idiot light for check gauges is on. I notice no oil pressure and kill the dying engine.

I jump out of the truck to see oil all over my drive way, but not 10 qts worth, or whatever it takes. I check the oil on the dip stick and its dry . The oil drain plug is in, it looks like the oil has come from the top by the turbo where either the exhaust or intake connections come together. I don't even know what to say besides......Help!

1. What happened at the mechanic?
2. Is my engine blown?
3. How would you proceed?

Frankly I'm a dieseltard, so what should be obvious to me probably isn't. Thanks ahead of time for any input you have.

Mike

The truck is an 03 6.0. Studs, turbo cooler, egr delete, SCT tuner.
The datalog on the tuner was on when the truck started dying.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:24 PM
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'03, check the ICP sensor behind and under the turbo. They are known to leak oil and /or rupture. No bodies fault except poor design.


Check turbo feed line at top of turbo, gasket might of went. Unlikely but could happen.


Your oil cooler housing gasket could of went, poop happens.

Check oil filter cap, mechanic could of cracked the cap during removal and installation.
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'03, check the ICP sensor behind and under the turbo. They are known to leak oil and /or rupture. No bodies fault except poor design.


Check turbo feed line at top of turbo, gasket might of went. Unlikely but could happen.


Your oil cooler housing gasket could of went, poop happens.

Check oil filter cap, mechanic could of cracked the cap during removal and installation.

Thanks for the list of things to check. I'll do it.

Of those possibilities, which would evacuate the oil the quickest?

How can I tell if the engine is F'd? What are the odds of gaskets failing and sensors rupturing at the same time I get a new exhaust, cold air intake, and fluid change?
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Most techs will tell you that the engine will shutdown before you do any damage.
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ICP sensor would evac the quickest. Your engine is fine...you lose pressure from the injectors before the bearings are run dry.
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Thanks for the responses. Good to hear about the likely hood of no damage. This is an awesome forum, Ive learned a lot already searching through other threads.

I called the mechanic this morning, no questions asked, he's sending a tow truck to bring my truck in. I'm super excited about the way this shop is taking ownership.

This is my first Ford and Diesel for that matter, after owning GM gassers for years. I like that truck a lot so far.
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Frankly I'm a dieseltard, so what should be obvious to me probably isn't.
So funny I added it to my sig!

Sorry to hear about your oil leak...Did the mechanic remove the turbo to do any of the work and not get the drain tube hooked back up or feed tube??

Good to hear they're taking care of it.
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So funny I added it to my sig!

Sorry to hear about your oil leak...Did the mechanic remove the turbo to do any of the work and not get the drain tube hooked back up or feed tube??

Good to hear they're taking care of it.

Hey,

Park City as in Utah? I'm from Saratoga Springs. Glad I could make it into your sig......I think! Sadly my comment is true, it was only like 3 days ago I figured out these engines don't have spark plugs....I'm still thinking the ignition must run on magic.

You might find this funny too... I had to fire up the '95 2 door Tahoe (love the old girl) today to go into town because of the diesel debacle, but wound up getting a damn registration ticket. Apparently my old lifted hoe expired on registration in November.

I really like these guys at the diesel shop, I swapped stories and hung out with them for about an hour yesterday when I picked up the truck. I just hope I don't wind up getting screwed.

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What shop is it? And you'll have to let us know how it all works out...

Yup...actually just outside PC in Tollgate Canyon
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What shop is it? And you'll have to let us know how it all works out...

Yup...actually just outside PC in Tollgate Canyon

G and R Diesel in Draper. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt too until proven other wise. I'll let you know though.

You got a snow blower on your truck? You got to get a video of that on youtube.
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