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for the powerstearing check the oil and refull when nessesary,turn engine on turn 5 times hole the way left and 5 times hole the way right. check level oil again refull when needed.the white smoke on that spot you say can leak from diesel.
Black smoke is a sign of an overly rich fuel/air mixture. White smoke is a sign of coolant entering the combustion chamber. Most likely you have a blown head gasket. Other symptoms are loss of coolant with no apparent leak, loss of power, miss, oil level overfull, a white foamy substance on the underside of the oil fill cap. Stop driving this truck until you find the problem. Driving it with a blown head gasket will destroy the engine. A compression test will verify this.
Bulletin No.: 03-06-02-005B Date: November 18, 2004 TECHNICAL Subject: Engine Coolant Loss with No Visible Leaks (Reseal Injector Sleeve)
Some owners may comment on engine coolant loss with no visible leaks. Excessive white smoke or a coolant type odor coming from the exhaust pipe, along with low coolant levels, may indicate coolant in the combustion chamber. Cause Condition may be caused by engine coolant entering the cylinder due to a dirty or damaged seal between the fuel injector sleeve and the cylinder head.
If it's black smoke, you could have a faulty or dirty EGR valve and may not be closing 100%. Remove the EGR valve and clean it with spraying carb cleaner and reinstall after inspecting the valve can move without any binding. Goo luck and hope this helps.
check the bottom of you coolant bottle to see if you have a crack and check all of you hoses as well try this website to see if the have your car listed its www.alldatadiy.com hope this help you Michigan Man.
I'm assuming that that smoke was more previlant while going uphill because that's when the turbo would be really spolling up to max psi. I would guess that if you really got on the gas hard and got the turbo going even on a flat surface, that you would notice the smoke too. The loss of power and the white/grey smoke are tell tale signs that your turbo is bad or starting to fail. Good luck!