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Fluid loss but no obvious performance issues

Hello all, thanks to all who make this forum work.

I have a 2006 F250 V8 power stroke turbodiesel King ranch edition, 274000 miles.

The truck was “stumbling” when I was driving home about three weeks ago, then the engine turned off. When it got to a safe location, I tried to start the truck, but it was cranking and not starting. I took the truck to the ford dealership, they diagnosed it as the high pressure oil pump and the injection pressure valve being inoperative and both needing replacement.

The work was done and I get the truck back and it’s running great, sounds great, no problems. I go to work the next day and when I park the truck, there’s fluid dropping steadily from the passenger side of the truck, somewhere around the exhaust manifold. I had a small amount of smoke because the fluid was dripping onto the manifold.

At no time did the truck perform strangely, the idle was great the whole drive, all my sensors were normal (transmission temp, coolant temp, oil pressure).

The liquid that was dripping out had a thin viscosity, felt a little sticky, and was close to a clear color. Some of the drops evaporated, but some fluid was remaining on the ground. I could not find the point of origin for the leak.

It was not engine oil because its was not dark brown, it wasn’t hot, the viscosity didn’t match. It wasn’t transmission fluid, it wasn’t red and the viscosity didn’t match. My power steering was still working great so I figured it wasn’t power steering fluid. My brakes are working great so I figured it wasn’t that. I opened the coolant reservoir and felt the coolant but the viscosity was slightly different, and I still had a full reservoir of coolant, so I don’t think it was that.

I drove it last night and when I stopped, it was leaking fluid on the passenger side area again, but the fluid loss was certainly less.

Thanks for all the help in this situation.
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One option is to take it back to the dealer that performed the work.

The other option is to do the nose and tongue test
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Might be able to tell if it is fuel ................

It is possible to get diesel to burn (takes about a minute to heat it up to the flash point). You have to somewhat elevate the match to not immediately extinguish the flame in the diesel.

Coolant will extinguish the match.


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Bismic, I didn’t mention this in my post. It didn’t smell like diesel fuel or feel like it.
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Good deal. It takes a fair amount of coolant draining out to see a level change in the degas bottle A little puddle wouldn't be noticed in a level change.

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Jjorgis, I took your recommendation and took it back to ford. It’s leaking off the top somewhere, I took the best pics I could. Strange because it doesn’t smell like diesel fuel. The dealership thinks it’s a coolant leak. Might very be coolant because it doesn’t smell of diesel gas.
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My power steering was still working great so I figured it wasn’t power steering fluid.
Just FYI that your power steering fluid is the same as your transmission fluid.

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Just FYI that your power steering fluid is the same as your transmission fluid.
The book calls for Mercon V for the Power Steering.

The transmission takes Mercon SP or LV

From Ford:
Note: All power steering systems built between 1998 and 2012 require the user of MERCON® V fluid. Power steering systems build after 2012 require MERCON® LV. Refer to Workshop Manual or Owner’s Guide.
https://www.fcsdchemicalsandlubrican...eering%20Fluid
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Understood. Thanks!

I was mostly just pointing out that the transmission fluid and power steering fluid would look, feel and likely smell the same. I'm not sure how easy it is to differentiate between Mercon V and LV just by sight/touch/smell.
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