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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Magical Disappearing Coolant

It's got to be going somewhere: I'm losing a degas bottle of water A DAY...

I initially saw some residue on the back of the oil filter and the back and top of the alternator. I'm wonder if it's a fitting/clamp on the egr delete. I saw a little residue on the hose at the back of the bottle...

I have not checked pressure in the bottle (new btw) and there is no smoke.

Ideas? I'm not totally a mechanical 'tard, but diesels and 6.0's are Greek to me.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2015, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Have not done a pressure test on the bottle to eleminate the possibility of a blown HG...but I'm leaning more towards a leak...
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Have you checked to see if the water pump is leaking?

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Have not done a pressure test on the bottle to eleminate the possibility of a blown HG.....
get on that

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Re: Magical Disappearing Coolant

Where do you live that you're able to run that much straight water in the winter?
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definitely get on doing a pressure test. its simple and fairly cheap, just need like 8ft of coolant hose , a brass T fitting and a pressure gauge.

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Thanks everyone for the input; I'm going to try to get a test done tomorrow on the bottle to rule out a HG issue.

I'm not running straight water...sorry if I suggested that...I AM running Zerex in the gold bottle (it's a fresh fill late last month) so I'll be doing a simple flush and adding ELC to it.

Some more information that I thought I had included;

The truck (supposedly) has fresh studs and a new oil cooler. I did see the intake off of the truck, and there are studs there. That's what leads me to believe the HG's are OK and that I'm likely dealing with a leak.

Also, when I was doing suspension work on it, I noticed the right bank of the engine was wet. It smelled like coolant/engine degreaser...that's why I'm wondering if I don't have a lead somewhere around the intake and the egr delete.

The water pump MAY be leaking, but I can't seem to find any puddles...having said that...it's been raining, icing or snowing for what seems like two weeks! It's been tough to find a leak on the ground.

I may introduce a tracer to help track it down unless anyone thinks that's a bad idea...
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if you have a leak it if most likely around the J hose on the EGR delete. its fairly common. you pulled the intake off and saw studs? you should be able to see studs without touching anything just looking below the valve cover . tracers aren't a bad idea at all .

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you can have a leak that only pee's when it's cooled off or one that only leaks with psi


so i actually test the system with vac and psi when looking for an issue

but a dry hand and a paper towel can really help oh and an inspection mirror

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Re: Magical Disappearing Coolant

Well....I just started another thread as I thought it might be helpful..

I bled off the pressure on the bottle, drove about a mile or so, and pressure in the bottle had built back up. If that's a good test...I think I may have a bad HG.

I hope I don't as I just bought a supposedly "bullet proofed" truck with new studs and delete. This won't go well for the dealer that sold me the truck...and I am highly suspicious...but trying to keep a positive outlook.
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