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Old 07-22-2013, 10:44 AM
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Lost all coolant, over heated - your best guess?

Hey guys just wanted to get your best guess or opinion on this. I'm hoping it's covered under warranty.. as I had to have my truck towed to a shop in the area and was in no position to diagnose the problem myself..

So heres what happened:

I was towing my 24ft camp trailer up the mountain when I started making some of the tougher elevation climbs.. my MiniMax came up with a de-fueling message my coolant temp was at 220 and climbing... so stopped and looked under the hood... No coolant was registering or visible in the plastic tank... and there was coolant visible on the top of pass side engine around the air box etc... So I turned around and went back down the hill... made it to tractor supply bought a gallon of coolant and put it in.. the gallon wouldn't even register or bring the level up in the tank... so I looked under the truck and there was coolant all over the under side of the engine axels suspension etc...being that it was 100deg out and I had a truck full of kids, dogs, and everything ready to head up the hill to go camping I was in no position to try and diagnose the problem myself.... So I made the decision to have it towed to a local recommended shop... Also pulled my oil dip stick and the oil was clean... My biggest worry is that my truck got too hot... hopefully didn't do damage to other stuff.. ?? Truck is a 08 model with just over 65k miles on it.

So heres my question what is your best guess as to what you think might have failed on my truck... just so I'm a little more armed when the shop calls me. I'm thinking a hose, radiator, or pump??

Thanks all..
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:49 AM
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freeze plug let go?
EGR cooler 'spoded?
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:51 AM
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-IF- it was the EGR cooler... what would you suggest as a fix? Block of plates or replace the OEM??? Keep in mind I'm in the lovely state of California
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:13 PM
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Bulletproof diesel coolers if you have to keep them
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:05 AM
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Heater box/coolant lines going to it blown up? Makes sense if the coolant is on the passenger side.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:22 AM
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shop called and said a coolant hose blew off one of the fittings w/clamp in tact and all... They ordered a new hose, and did a head test everything checked out ok.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:44 PM
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That same thing happened to me on 4th of July weekend same truck and all, I bought a few retaining clips just incase it happens again.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:47 AM
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Same thing happen to me except I have a bad radiator and 2 thermostats to be replaced at the cost is $2100.00. It's still at the dealership.

Mark
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:11 AM
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Same thing happened to me. I had a hose leak and took it in. Picked it up from the dealership about 9 that night and luckily I was watching my monitor. My temps slowly went up to 218 so I pulled over. Roadway, underside of truck, was covered in water. Lower radiator hose had popped off. They towed it back over there and was very apologetic but the mechanic that done it said its not the first time he has had it happen even though he pulls on them once they lock in. He hates the retaining clips.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:38 AM
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Wow so pretty common I guess.. Unfortunately my temp levels jumped pretty high really fast pulling a trailer... I'm just hoping I didn't do any damage to the engine... My temp gauage was pegged red a few times and my Mini Max was reading as high as 265...
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