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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-16-2005, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

Lately i noticed the exhaust smell of my truck has gotten really strong at idle. I know it's a diesel but it's getting really bad.
Any suggestions on why it doing this.
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Re: Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

well, you have no info here, but I know for awhile there was a problem the y pipe cracking, or being cracked, something. it would cause exhaust into the cab.

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I understand the y-pipe deal. I'm talking about a really bad diesel exhaust smell with the drivers and passanger window down. I have stock exhaust and no mods. Lately the smell has gotten bad, like a gasser running rich.
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Re: Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

Do a search here and you'll find a lot of info. Take it to the dealer. Most often it's a Y-pipe leak or a manafold leak. Mine is doing the same thing and getting worse. Initially there was no smell at all, now it's very strong. After 3 repair attempts, I'm in mediation and may end up going lemon law.

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Re: Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

Mine does it also.
I had the turbo down pipe replaced and it still does it.
I will end up taking it back to the dealer sometime soon.

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I understand the y-pipe deal. I'm talking about a really bad diesel exhaust smell with the drivers and passanger window down. I have stock exhaust and no mods. Lately the smell has gotten bad, like a gasser running rich.

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Maybe different fuel (blended) but diesel exhaust does smell like well, diesel exhaust and with the windows down, you'll smell it more. You should smell mine with all 4 windows down and both rear quarter windows opened and I come to a stop and the wind is jst right. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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Re: Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

It is that time of year. With colder temperatures the warm exhaust will tend to rise more and manage to find its way into the ventilation system. This is made worse by the fact that colder starts means more unburned fuel in the exhaust after start-up and cold mornings usually mean still air. You need to point the truck into a light breeze to see if it is an exhaust leak problem. An exhaust leak will generally give you the smell even if the truck is pointed in a slight breeze.

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Hey, I have an '04 and the exhaust smell is getting terrible in my cab. It has been that way since I bought it but is worse now. Guess I need to go back to the dealer. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/vomit.gif[/img]

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Re: Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

I have an 06
and when I stop at a stop sign/light or anywhere
there is a terrible exaust smell with the windows up
even if there is a breeze

My 2000 was never like this
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Re: Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

We've got to get this problem figured out.
My 05 is the same way. Its going to the dealer over Christmas break.

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I took a look under my engine and I can see that not only the downpipe left side connection to the exhaust pipe is showing evidence of blowing black soot, but half the manifold to head connections (both sides) are doing the same. Shame, shame, shame on Ford for such a silly problem. All for the sake of saving on a few cheap gaskets. Stinks to high heaven can't wait to get it fixed.

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I love the smell of diesel exhaust in the morning. It smells like.....victory! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]

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My new 2006 has exhaust smell in the cab about 30 sec after startup with the windows closed. Seems to get better after it warms up. I guess its off to the dealer!

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as long as the diesel smell is out the back of your exaust and not the front YES it is a good smell BUT when you are overcome by it in the cab it is not!!!!!!!
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Re: Bad/strong exhaust smell at idle

Yes, I get exhaust fumes tin the cab too. I think it started after they replaced the turbo at 34000 miles. Will go to the dealer on Wednesday.

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