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Roger    Posted 01-28-2018 at 19:01:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • White smoke
  • I bought a ford 4000 with a blown head gasket. It barely ran to get it in the shop. Replaced the head gasket and it runs smoother than ever. The only problem is that it blows white smoke for about the first five minutes it cold, then clears up. Any thoughts?

    Roger    Posted 01-29-2018 at 20:32:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I retorqued the head bolts tonight and fired it up again. It smoked less than before I retorqued, but still quite a bit. Like before the smoke cleared up after about 10 minute of running.

    After I initially did the head gasket I fired it up and ran it for about five minutes. All seemed good (NO smoke) so the next day I topped off the radiator, checked the oil and fired it up. This time I had LOTS of white smoke. Ran it for about 15 minutes and it cleared up. Once it cools off and I restart it smokes. Once up to temps it stops.I put the gasket in dry before. Should I get a new gasket and try copper coat this time?

    steveVa    Posted 01-29-2018 at 10:20:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Nice that you resurected another deciple.
    White smoke means that we have a new pope.
    Also can mean yo are burning a little antifreeze.
    Retorque head to specs and watch your oil and coolant.
    It could be burning old residue but yo probably cleaned that out.
    I got smoke from one of mine when I used gas with stabil in it.
    How long have you run it already?

    Rustyal    Posted 01-28-2018 at 21:40:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You Gona have to monitor the water and oil levels. May not be a head gasket problem. Sounds like you follow the procedure for torque.

    BlasterStumps    Posted 01-28-2018 at 21:08:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • There may be damage left behind from the previous gasket problem. Or, something might be cracked. Here's hoping a re-torque will stop the smoking though.
    Mike

    36 coupe    Posted 01-28-2018 at 19:10:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Retorque the heard gasket...7632

    Roger    Posted 01-28-2018 at 19:17:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • How many ft. lbs. should I retorque to? Thanks!

    36 coupe    Posted 01-28-2018 at 19:40:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That makes me wonder if you torqued at all.I dont have a manual beyond 600 series.

    tony    Posted 01-29-2018 at 15:18:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You didn't say if it's a diesel. DId you check compression before R&R'ing the head gasket? If it's a diesel the smoking could be caused by a lazy injector that doesn't provide a proper spray pattern until warmed. Same for a higher time engine that is worn and doesn't smooth out until the combustion chambers warm enough for complete combustion. Cold weather, cold fuel and a little wear equals white smoke on initial start.

    If you don't know the head torque (gas or diesel) and tightening sequence get them. THe information is on line or simply call a Ford tractor dealer. It's been my experience they are willing to share the information.

    tony

    Roger    Posted 01-28-2018 at 20:00:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I torqued to 70 lbs per the manual and went in the specified order. I asked the question because I see in the archives other people recommended higher torque ratings.

    Bruce (VA)    Posted 01-28-2018 at 21:02:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The manual is fine, No need to reinvent something.

    Just do it in 3 steps: 25-25-20

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