Coolant leak near turbo?

Coolant leak near turbo?

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    Coolant leak near turbo?

    2014 with 78,000 miles. I've never had any coolant leaks before but on my big western trip with several 6 to 11 hour drives at highway speeds (75 to 90, depending on the state and speed limit), I noticed my coolant was a few inches below the low mark on the reservoir. I looked down under the truck and noticed there were some drips from the front of that cover you have to partially remove to get to the oil drain plug. The drips are on the driver side. Today when I got home I was a little low again and I removed that cover to change my oil. I saw orange drops on the spot where the front drive shaft connects and a few other places in that area. It looks and smells like coolant.

    I assume during my trip the turbo got really hot and probably caused something (a tube or something else) to get partially damaged and that's what is causing my leak? Doesn't seem to be leaking when sitting there with the engine off. It's all on the drive side and it appears to mostly be below the driver side turbo area. If that's what the problem is, what usually fails and what's the ballpark cost to repair? I'll probably let the dealer do it.

    Just so you know, my coolant reservoir is NOT leaking. The tube from that (under it, pointing towards the engine) is completely dry.
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    Connector fails. Plastic quick connect. Soon the passenger side will.


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    Right were the rigid line and plastic line meet.


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    Thanks. I drove it back and forth to work today which is about 70 miles round trip. No leak and coolant is still the same level. I think it only leaked after a very long hours long drive. I'll keep an eye on it and maybe have the dealer replace both sides (the connection that is the likely cause) when I have some more time and extra money. For now it seems ok.

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    Mine leaked sitting still mostly, but the finerboard shield caught it all. I took it and the skid plate off and couldn't believe the mess!


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    I got under there today and took a closer look. It does appear to be leaking from one of these connections. This is a photo of the bottom of the turbo, driver's side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF1115 View Post
    Mine leaked sitting still mostly, but the finerboard shield caught it all. I took it and the skid plate off and couldn't believe the mess!
    Did you fix it yourself? If so, what was the part and how much? Also, how hard is it to get in there to do it? Any special tools? If you let the dealer do it, how much did they charge?
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    I think my 2012 had the same leak at drivers side. I had it fixed under extended warranty, which took a really long time at the dealer but probably was sitting most of the time is my guess.

    Either way, I wanted to let you know that the leak was seriously killing the overall performance of my truck until it was fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icatchsnook View Post
    I think my 2012 had the same leak at drivers side. I had it fixed under extended warranty, which took a really long time at the dealer but probably was sitting most of the time is my guess.

    Either way, I wanted to let you know that the leak was seriously killing the overall performance of my truck until it was fixed.
    I dropped mine off this morning. Hopefully it's just a seal and not too expensive...and hopefully I get it back soon. I have some trips coming up later this week and a few weeks from now.

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    Unbelievable. Dealer finally had a chance to investigate and says they need to replace the tube (s) feeding coolant to the turbo. Intake has to be removed to get to it?...so they say. Estimate is almost $900.
    I can't do this one my own and would be afraid if I tried to just replace a seal or something less involved that it wouldn't fix it, so I'm sort of at their mercy. But good lord...$900 for such a simple problem? Seems like Ford would have made the connections replaceable.

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