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Critical levels of Boron and Potassium in oil sample, report attached.

Hi everyone, another issue with my truck lol. I sent an oil sample to Schaeffers and the report said I have critical levels of Boron and Potassium in my oil. From my research, this suggests that I have a slight antifreeze leak, and that is what the report says too. The test did come back negative for Glycol, so the water must be getting burnt off. I was running Archoil ar9100 and Moly E.P. additives, but I don't think they would cause these issues. The truck is a 2002 F-250 and it has 220,000 miles on it so I'm not sure if I want to keep putting money into it. Really just looking for everyone's thoughts on this and I have a couple of questions. The report is attached.

1. I had a new water pump installed a few months ago, could this be the cause?
1. Could my rough idle after warmup be related to this?
2. Is it worth having the front cover replaced if that turns out to be the cause?

As far as water goes, I have not added any since the new pump was put on a few months ago but it does look like it may be about a half to one gallon low now.
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Until you narrow down the source of the water, you won't be able to determine the cost. It could come from any multitude of sources. Could be an oil cooler, head gasket, front cover, etc. Is the oil cooler leaking oil on the block? Is antifreeze weeping from anywhere on the front cover? Are you blowing any smoke? We need to narrow down the source.
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Ok, I need to get it on a lift. I crawled under it last night and couldn't see anything. I just filled it up and it only took about a cup to get it to the max fill line, and it's been about four months since the water pump was changed. It's either a really slow leak or they got some water in the oil while changing the pump.
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actually archoil and molly would cause those issues remember the main ingredients in archoil is nano borrate and phosphorus.
run to oil changes out with reg oil and resend if you are worried.
typically if you tell them the additives you run they will asses accordingly
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I thought about that and I think I forgot to tell them that the additives were in the oil. I will keep an eye on the coolant and sample the oil the next time I change it.
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I thought about that and I think I forgot to tell them that the additives were in the oil. I will keep an eye on the coolant and sample the oil the next time I change it.
Do an oil change without any additives next time and send a sample in. Front cover and headgaskets are EXTREAMLY rare on the 99-03 7.3l, You would have oil/coolant mixing if it was the oil cooler and or injector o rings. Adding multiple additives is causing the out of spec reading im 99%.
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That's my plan. I will report back with the results after I get them.
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