Disaster Averted . . . My duct tape story of the weekend - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 Old 05-20-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
Hemicbx's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: York, PA
Posts: 81
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Disaster Averted . . . My duct tape story of the weekend

Well, not really a full-on disaster, but it would have been a huge inconvenience.

Pulled the 5th wheel to a campground about 130 miles from home. Fully loaded I was 21000 lb combined weight and there were several mountains in central PA that were sustained pulls of 2800 rpm, 25 psi boost.

When I arrived at the campsite we set up I I took a peek under the hood. There was oil spray on the underside of the hood. Not a huge oil stream or anything, but you could tell that it had been spraying or misting for some time. Enough that when I lifted the hood, it ran downhill into a drop or two. I looked at the turbo boot and there was a crack lengthwise from turbo to cac tube. It wasn't blown wide open, but I was concerned about making those pulls on the way home.

I ran by the local hardware and picked up some Gorilla Tape. Wiped the turbo boot clean with some kitchen degreaser, then with water, then dried it. I got three pieces of Gorilla tape wrapped around it; each went around about 1-1/2 times.

Started off a little timid & tried to keep the boost down, but there's just no way. Pulled home just fine. Back up the same mountains running sustained 25psi the whole way.

Ordered up some new Riff Raff boots & clamps a few minutes ago. The duct tape held nicely, but definitely took a beating from the heat. Would the boot have come apart on my way home? Who knows. I figured the little extra insurance was worth it

On a related note, this is my first pull after semi-bulletproofing over the winter and my first pull in semi-hot weather. Over Christmas I did a new oil cooler, BP EGR cooler, HPOP STC fix. I never heard my big fan come on before today, but pulling the grades, at 218°ECT it would ramp up & get everything back under control nicely. ECT/EOT stayed nicely about 8° apart. There's always those moment when cresting mountains or other odd transitions that temps go further, but on average in the mountains and the highways, I'd call it an 8° split. I'm quite happy with that.

All in all, it was a very successful first trip of the year. With my new boots installed, that will be one less thing to concern myself with next time

2005 F350 CCLB Dually 4x4 Lariat 6.0L

Coolant flushed & DieselSite coolant filter
Blue spring
New OC & STC upgrade
Turbo lube tubes upgraded
Insight CS
BPD EGR Cooler
Hemicbx is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 05-20-2012, 03:48 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
2003kingranch's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: IOWA
Posts: 2,542
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Send a message via Skype™ to 2003kingranch
Thats great Get the new boots on and you should be good to go!

2012 King Ranch
22k deleted at 1k
S&B Intake
Sinister Egr Delete
MiniMax/ SPE Tunes
466/953 on 37's
6" 4 link
37's on 22's
Bags and compressor
RBP mudflaps
transfer tank tool box.
9" 2" poly boss v blade
Should have kept my 6.0.....
2003kingranch is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome