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Spittin White Smoke on Highway

Discussion in '911 Diesel Down!' started by Dummy99, Nov 2, 2020.

  1. Dummy99

    Dummy99 Registered User

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    I was headed down the highway going 65 until I saw billowing white smoke from the tailpipe. Truck was running rough and I immediately pulled off. Found something that looks like coolant on the ground. Proceeded to look down the air intake and it’s filled with coolant. Is this a head gasket? Could there be any further damage?


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  2. TNBrett

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    DO NOT try and crank the motor. You could very easily have coolant in one or more cylinders and you could cause serious damage.

    I guess yes, it could be head gasket. Unless it’s some thing odd like a blown radiator hose and coolant was sucked in through the air filter housing.

    Either way, get the coolant out of the intake and pull all 8 glow plugs before barring the engine over by hand. After a couple of revolutions that way, you can turn it over with the starter, with the fuel shutoff solenoid disconnected.

    Pressure test the cooling system and find out where it s coming from.


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    Agreed, sounds like blown head gasket. Follow Brett's instructions.
     

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