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Old 01-21-2013, 06:28 PM
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Extremely bad news for my truck

Last week I had some things taken care of on my truck. I replaced the ECT, EOT and EBP sensors. In the process of moving the degas bottle, we accidentally cracked the Y hose that attaches to the degas bottle. No big deal as I had an instance of coolant puking after doing the coolant flush and installing the coolant filter. I was pretty sure that the puking was the result of over filling it. I didn't have another issue until today......
Driving down to Grand Rapids, I stopped in Rockford to pick up a turbo for my 7.3. That's when I noticed coolant on the snow. I popped the hood and saw where coolant had come out of the degas bottle. Obviously I am bummed, but the story doesn't end there. I knew I was being vigilant watching all my temperatures and never saw anything out of wack. I drove home and found out that when distance to empty says 0, it means it. I coasted into the gas station in Cadillac and filled it up. Didn't see any signs of pukage so I drove to my parents house a half hour away. I went inside for about a half hour with the truck idling. When I came out I noticed more puking. I looked and this time it spewed out the degas as well as both endcaps of the radiator! I'm so screwed. I can't afford to fix it for now. I think Rich replaced his radiator and it wasn't cheap.
So let me know what you think? How screwed am I?
By the way, my 4" exhaust and SCT tuner helped me get almost 15 mpg round trip.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:34 PM
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No one has any ideas?
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:30 AM
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Sounds like your getting pressure build up in your cooling system. Head gaskets are a possibility. Don't the egr coolers sometimes fail and let drive pressure build in the cooling system?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:54 AM
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i wouldn't rule head gasket out either. have you checked the oil for milkiness and the coolant for oilyness? i would definitely post this in the 6.0 section.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:44 AM
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Both of you are thinking the same thing as me. I haven't checked yet as it was too cold last night. I think im most concerned about the radiator at this point. I can budget for studs, gaskets and delete, but the radiator is too much.
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get anywhere with this torr?
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Nothing so far. I dropped it off at the body shop to have some physical damage taken care of while I formulate a plan of attack on the mechanical issues.
Looks like studs, gaskets, oil cooler and other things are going to happen sooner than I thought.
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That's exactly what mine did. The pressure build up popped the seal on the radiator tanks. Ended up being headgasket, which if everyone remembers the story was the second time for them in 6 months due to improper installation. Pioneer Diesel right by you fixed me up.

It really is eally is best to do studs, oil cooler, egr delete while it's opened up. Just be sure to do the proper torque sequence and it should never come apart after.

There is a radiator place that was up there, wish I could remember the name, that can probably get the tank seals and repair your radiator with out having to replace it. I was in a time crunch and HAD to have the truck cuz I was just getting ready to move down state.

Good luck man...
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I think it was Coyle's Radiator, but I'm not sure. I can get a brand new Ford radiator for a little over $300. I have a good friend who is the 6.0 tech at the Ford dealer. So far he installed or replaced my ECT, EOT, EBP sensors, 4" MBRP exhaust, coolant Y pipe and reflashed my PCM, TCM, and FICM for $90!
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Yep, that was it. It's in an industrial area, nice guy that owns it. It's nice having a friend that can do that for ya, and someone that works on em so you know that he knows what he's doing.
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Exactly. Jason is an extremely nice guy. He has a yellow Torino as well as his early '99 super cab 7.3.
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