On 4 Aug 2006 07:37:44 -0700, dixie firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
White smoke would make me think there might be a head gasket leak,
with coolant getting into one of the combustion chambers. It could
also be brake fluid, ATF, or another type oil getting into the intake
somehow - Odd Stuff Happens.
If you do nothing else, keep a sharp eye on all the fluid levels AND
their condition every day or two - radiator coolant, crankcase oil,
ATF, power steering, brake fluid. If one is mixing with another, you
may be able to spot it before it gets bad - harmful levels of coolant
in the engine oil will make it get milky white, but by that point it
may be too late.
Find a local heavy truck repair facility that deals with diesel
engine repairs daily, and have them check it over - they will be more
experienced at finding all the failure points. Your local Ford dealer
probably has a mechanic or two specially trained to work on diesel
engines, but unless it's a very large dealership he probably doesn't
do it all day, every day.
If it's been a while since your last oil change, you might get a
laboratory oil analysis done. The analysis can pick up coolant in the
oil and some other nasty problems before the damage to the engine
bearings is terminal.
--<< Bruce >>--
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