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Old 01-10-2013, 06:09 PM
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Hello all, I just joined this forum and like what I read. I recently purchased a 2008 6.4 crewcab. I really like the truck. However, I dont know if its because of reading all these post, I find myself looking under the truck, hood and listening for anything out of the norm. Oh, this is also my first diesel. I have a couple of questions about a few things.

First, should I be seeing any smoke in the morning out of the exhuast? Its not really heavy and goes away after ive been driving a few minutes. It looks like vapor to me.

The other thing i noticed today, when im driving and accel a little to speed up I hear a short whistle. is that normal?

And the last thing, Since I heard the whistle, when I got home and put it in park and rev'ed it up. I could not hear the whistle. However, I did notice a small amount of black smoke out of the exhaust when I would rev it.

Anyway, any feedback on these issue would be helpful. I just dont want to find myself paying high fees later for something I dont address quickly. Seeing as I only got a 12 month warranty. YIKES!
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:20 PM
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How many miles are on your truck?

If the smoke is white under start up, that's pretty normal especially if it's cold. It shouldn't be smoking heavily though.

The whistle you are hearing is most likely the turbo. It does that under load. That's the reason you don't hear it when you're in your driveway revving up (don't directly associate throttle with load... they are not always the same).

Black smoke could be signs of a damaged DPF. A little black smoke occasionally is normal, but anything more than really really light smoke is signs of a DPF issue.

There is no reason to fear this truck. Just stay on top of your maintenance (and if you can delete do so) and you shouldn't have a problem. ***Use Motorcraft oil (5,000) and fuel filters (10,000) every change and check your fuel water separator at least once a month. Maintain your coolant as well.
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Hey Doss, it has 58300k on it. Only had about 57800 when I bought it. I would like to do delete. From what I understand you have to have a tuner before you delete. Is that correct? I only got a one year aftermarket warranty. I really like the truck a lot and happy I bought it. Thanks for your feedback.
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Hey bigal101 find a tuner quick!!(h&s or spartan). Trust me bro the 6.4's are suoer monsters with dpf delete cold air intake and egr delete!!! Look at the

GENERAL 6.4 modifications!!!!! It will tell you everything you need!!
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Yes, you'll need a tuner (preferably a Mini Maxx or Spartan) to delete. If you have an aftermarket warranty (and not a Ford one), I'd probably go ahead and delete it.

Like Ramon said, wait until you tune and delete this thing... it's a beast.
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How many miles are on your truck?

If the smoke is white under start up, that's pretty normal especially if it's cold. It shouldn't be smoking heavily though.

The whistle you are hearing is most likely the turbo. It does that under load. That's the reason you don't hear it when you're in your driveway revving up (don't directly associate throttle with load... they are not always the same).

Black smoke could be signs of a damaged DPF. A little black smoke occasionally is normal, but anything more than really really light smoke is signs of a DPF issue.


There is no reason to fear this truck. Just stay on top of your maintenance (and if you can delete do so) and you shouldn't have a problem. ***Use Motorcraft oil (5,000) and fuel filters (10,000) every change and check your fuel water separator at least once a month. Maintain your coolant as well.
I agree with the man, your first two concerns looks normal for the 6.4L on the other hand, if your truck is 100% bone stock it shouldn't be smoking and the tail pipe must be clean and free of soot.
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Hey Ruiz, yeah my exhaust pipe does have black soot on it. Maybe i should take it in for a check up. i think it only has 3000 more miles until the ford warranty is up. the other warranty is after market. do you guys know if they will charge me to look at that problem? if its the dpf i would like for them to replace it before the warranty runs out.
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If you're on your factory warranty, they shouldn't charge you to look at it. If you're on the extended Ford warranty, they can charge you.

Black soot on the tailpipe is normal depending on the level. In fact, they tell you in the manual to clean the soot from the exhaust pipe cooling vents (on the tailpipe) occasionally. This is not the same as the tailpipe smoking though. The tailpipe soot on the exhaust pipe builds up over many miles and is a result of the DPF regen.
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