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Old 07-14-2013, 08:06 PM
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EMPTY degas bottle?

I have only had my 08 about 2 months. I have been away and my truck has not been run in about 5 days. I have to leave early in the morning for about a 900km round trip. I just got home today and went out to check my oil before the drive tomorrow (habit) and noticed my degas bottle is completely empty?? I have never noticed a single drop of coolant on the ground anywhere. Temps have never been high either.

Is this terrible? And can I top up with water?? Nothing will be open yet when I have to leave in the morning.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:14 PM
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I should clarify that there was actually about an inch in the degas bottle. Any my truck is stock.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:28 PM
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If you didn't see any external leaks...assuming you checked the radiator area and hoses thoroughly, and the degas bottle was that low, there's only one other place for it to go. I wouldn't top it with water unless it is distilled water. Best bet is to top it with coolant...the same type coolant that is already in there.

Good luck!
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:19 PM
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Well I added 3 liters of distilled water to get it back to the cold fill line. Ran around for about 20 mins to get it up to temp. Checked again and it had dropped about 1/2" from where it was cold. I'll se how it is after my trip tomorrow.

I didn't check all the hoses throughly because I figured 3 liters was something bigger than a tiny leak, that I've seen no trace of on the ground?
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Is there white smoke coming out of the exhaust? Sounds like maybe a ruptured egr cooler?
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:12 AM
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Look for residue on the Drivers side frame rail inside the fender before the tire, also look at the radiator on the drivers side to.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:03 PM
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Had you previously done any work involving the cooling system? Could have been an air pocket that cleared. Otherwise...I have to agree with either the EGR cooler failure or HG.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:35 PM
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Just got home from my trip and it ran like a champ. No white smoke at all. Drove nearly 1000km today (600+ miles) with zero issues and it doesn't look like the coolant has gone down at all from where I filled it to yesterday. It's dark now but tomorrow I'll get under and have a good look for residue on the frame rail. Any obvious things to look for for HG?
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:48 AM
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Timing Cover Cavitation.
Another 'Where is my coolant question?'
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