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Loss of power, more smoke than usual

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I am currently driving from AK to FL and when I was pulling into las vegas last night I noticed a loss of power while accelerating. My boost guage went to 0 so I thought that I lost an intercooler hose or intake hose but my boost guage tube just popped out. I have since put it back in and am still able to boost 35+ so I know my hoses are in place. Everything checks out fine perameter wise on my guages and have tested my air filter. but I am still blowing more smoke than I usually do. My truck has spent it's whole life in AK and I was curious that if the 95+ degree temps could cause this? Any help will be much appreciated thanks
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Colder air is more dense, thus allowing more of it to be pressurized by the turbo, and burned with fuel. Since you are running in a warmer climate the air is not as dense but the amount of fuel is the same, causing more smoke. Just a thought...
 

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Elevation is a huge factor with diesels. I drive cosistantly from Tacoma, WA (sea level) to Eastern ID (elevation over 6k in some places like the continental divide, 7k). There is a huge power difference between the elevations and humidity.
 

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It feels like another couple power levels on a chip or something. I once had a really smart race car engine builder tell me you lose 6% in power every 1,000 ft in elevation. But that was race car engines not turbo diesels though I'm sure the basic principle applies.
 

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I am running at 5000 to 7000 feet where I was at sea level and I was thinking the same as you kylej about the temps thanks for everything I just wanted some reassurance. I didn't want to do anything to hurt my baby
 
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