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So what did you do with your truck today?

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by GOOSE, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Oldiron

    Oldiron Full Access Member

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    Oh its fun,,, except she is a super cluts and I am gaurented to loose an eye or eye injury at some point. She has broken 2 of my ribs. Both differant times due to "foolin around". Lol
     
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    At some point the mirror on Diego was partially ripped off, looks like someone was backing up and caught it on something, pulled the rivnut out of the door.

    Well it was squeaking going down the road and driving me crazy. I pulled the door apart and managed to find a nut that would fit on the factory screw and now it's not squeaking anymore!!!

    Tested the window switch, it's working right so either the almost new motor is bad or something is seized up. Oh well.
     
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    Today, I broke down and covered about of half the radiator with a piece of cardboard. It did warm up faster and ran about 18or so higher on my mechanical gauge than it does with no cardboard when it's 70* or so. It wasn't terribly cold (28*), but it put out more heat, faster, so I'm happy with that. The older I get, the more important a good heater seems to be.:dunno
     
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    I replaced the window regulator and window a while back and after I had it all back together had a problem with the door lock. When I took it back apart found after flopping the harness out of the way a bunch of times one of the wires on the underside of the switch block detached itself from it's lug, but was still in place more or less with the wire wrap.
     
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    Yeah no such luck here. I messed with all that too hoping the switch was just dirty. Thanks for the heads up though!
     
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    Well I think the head gasket went in Diego. 20 degrees out going 30mph because of 20 foot visibility because of the blowing snow. 25min into the drive I realize I have no heat, given all my options I kept running the 6-7min home. Overflow tank is very full and the cap was hissing/steaming.

    No clue what I'm going to do, I might just put Tank back on the road for now. I've got two weeks off so at least after Friday I will have time to deal with it.

    If it's head gaskets I'm best off pulling the engine right? If that's the case it'll probably sit until spring and I'll just put my spare engine in it to get it going again.
     
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    Pulling is easiest.
    I would test your coolant. Is it possible it was concentrated enough for the temps?

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    That was my first thought, not sufficient protection for the temp, didn't know if that could possibly cause this issue though. Heat was nice and toasty until it wasn't.

    It would be really nice to be so lucky.... It was last flushed/filled in Florida...
     
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    I guess if you have to pull one head, then you ought to pull both. That would be WAY easier outside the truck. I suppose that would be the time to test the spare engine. If you had heat and then didn't, I would lean more toward a head gasket issue. If it was even partly frozen, I don't think you'd have much heat coming out of the vents. Apparently you're not quite ready for Diego to deal with all of the road salt after all.
     
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    Question for you or anyone else that may know. Do I dare try to start it again or should I pull the glow plugs first just to be safe. I don't want to risk a hydrolock.
     
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    Yes, not sufficient coolant concentration can cause this. One of our trucks, that we hadn't had long did this. It was really cold in the morning, and it froze on the way to work. It thawed out as day wore on, and it was fine on the way home. I thought it was a thermostat. We checked the coolant, and there was just enough in it to give it a green tint. I think it would have had more protection if I would have said coolant into the radiator. Drained some of the water and added straight coolant concentrate. Got it good enough to get through winter.
     
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    I'll cross my fingers!
     
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    Have you lost any coolant? It might not hurt to pull them, if its not frozen......

    Are the temps close to the same as this moriing? Go out and squeeze the lower hose and see if its solid, or slushy.... that would point you in the right direction.
     
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    I think it was warmer this morning actually. Truck is hot enough that I'm not going to pull the cap off. I'll take a look at it tomorrow after work.
     
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    Glad to see that I was wrong on this. I run 50/50 and have no experience with freezing cooling systems. If it ever gets cold enough here to freeze 50/50 here, I'm moving south! Screw that!
     
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