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Old 05-26-2009, 08:32 PM
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Thank god! Finaly found why I was loosing power.

The last few months my truck had been getting more and more gutless. Till finally this week it just fell flat on its face. And I finaly heard the "whistle" that I've read so much about!

At every 1000 miles I checked and rechecked the intercooler boots thinking that was where my problem was. And could find no gashes or cuts or leaks so I thought. Must have just been to small to blindly feel. Must have just torn most of the way in the last week or two. Checked them again while I had the hood up. And poked two fingers through the hole in that upper elbow

So I just pulled the whole upper intercooler pipe off. And what do I find. An inch cut on the bottom side. Wether it was from me pulling it off or just wearing through is another discussion.

So my I'll have to pic up some parts to install tomorrow night. What do you torque the clamps to? Should I reuse the original clamps? Any advice as to what to look for incase this caused other damage to other parts of the engine?
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:25 PM
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i wouldnt worry about it hurting your engine, i work for cummins and this happens on semi trucks alot too, mostly due to weak clamp or a bad boot, as you have explained, get a new boot, i would suggest new clamps as well, its just a good idea in my opinion. as for the torque, well ford will probably know what it is, but in my experience torque them down tight as h e l l or they will leak immediately or prematurely. take it for what its worth, hope this helps.
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Clean off all the areas where the boots will make contact with a good degreaser. Since the CCV sucks oil into the intake cleaning these areas will help prevent them from blowing off in the future.
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I had a puddle on my boots. I cleaned all the connections. I used acetone on the pipe and windex and degrees on the connectors. then I put belt spray on the connectors that made them really sticky.

I always feel grate when I find the problem. Glad you found it

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I always feel grate when I find the problem. Glad you found it
Absolutely!!!!!!!!

Tonight we installed new u-joints and a carier bearing in the rear. And put on the new boots. Took the truck for a test drive and holy crap! Truck has never had this much power since I bought it. I thought power to snap your neck back and to hit 100mph in no time was a pipe dream. So I thought any way! Fell in love with this truck all over again.
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