Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Wheelock, VT
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There are zero good diesel shops near where I live and I would like to get another opinion on my truck from you guys.
I was moving hay a little over 2 weeks ago and had what I thought was a catastrophic failure. I noticed more top end knock or tick than the truck usually has and about an hour later the truck all at once started blasting a cloud of white smoke and making a ticking noise that I can best describe as a card in bicycle spokes. It would start and run but had no power, it also felt like it was running on 5 cylinders. While I was waiting for AAA to show up to tow the truck for about the 6th time in 5 years and a friend to get the trailer I did some diagnostics myself. No oil loss anywhere, smoke was white, no excessive play in the turbo or excessive heat in the turbo. I pulled the valve cover off because I thought maybe I lost a valve or something in the valve train, but on the side of the road nothing noticeable. I had it towed to a Dodge dealer not far from my house that I have a lot more confidence in than the closest dealer to me and had them diagnose what was up with it without tearing into the engine too deep. They said it needed an engine and it sounded like bottom end, I didn't agree with that and asked them to put a few hours into pulling off the rocker box to see if it melted down a piston, instead they drained the oil, did an oil analysis and pulled the filter apart and found no metal in the oil, which is what I assumed.
Now a couple weeks later I'm having second thoughts about their diagnosis of needing an engine,I just hadn't had time to deal with it when it happened. I'm going to feel like a real idiot if this sounds like it just lost an injector. I should mention that the truck still runs, on 4 or 5 cylinders I can't quite tell. But still blasts a giant cloud of white smoke and that loud ticking noise. I thought I had an injector stick open and cause a meltdown in one of the cylinders, but would like to see if anyone else had an idea of what this sounds like.
I'm using the app and can't tell if my signature is showing, the truck is an '05 3500 with a NV5600. All it has for mods are a S&B intake and a Edge Evolution on level 1. I had just done injector lines and feed tubes a few weeks before becuase it had a bad fuel leak somewhere.
'05 3500 Dually NV5600 4x4 ST S&B Intake, Edge Evolution CS, RSD 4" exhaust,
'99 2500 Auto, reg cab, 4x4,3.55s, RSD 5" Straight Pipe, Per4mance Innovations Transmission, S&B Intake, Raptor 100/DSV, Edge Juice w/CS *SOLD*