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clicking in engine, white smoke
First the background
I'm here at Texas Tech, my mom has the truck back home. I can't get back to work on it and I'm not sure what's wrong with it so I'm comin to you guys
this is the email she sent:
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 with Cummins Turbo Diesel. 6-speed manual.
Has started running/idling very rough. Clattering noise from engine.
Lots of white exhaust at start-up and after warm-up.
May or may not be related: with accelerator engaged, oil pressure
gauge indicates 40 psi. Same at start-up. However, after warm-up,
and at idle in neutral, oil pressure drops to around 20 psi, sometimes
Now I've driven it also. Usually it puts out some blue smoke at start up for a few seconds. I figured it was just cause of the cat. converter. It's never a lot and not for long. I've never seen the white smoke. She said it's a lot sometimes and sometimes just barely a haze.
As for the "clattering", I've heard it once before. sounded MAYBE coming from the 4th cylinder but idk. It was definitely in the engine because it was perfectly in sync with it. Did it to me one time in Wal Mart parking lot. Turned it off, came out to it, started it, same thing. Then after i turned if off again it was fine.
I'm also assuming the oil pressure thing is fine because I've always noticed it like that.
Kinda urgent cause she's driving this cause her Explorer's A/C isn't blowing. And besides, it's a diesel, standard, and gets better gas mileage haha.
So watcha think guys?
2004 Dodge 2500 Heavy Duty
2WD, 6 speed standard