i didnt say new boots will fix it i was explaining that oil builds up in the intercooler system,but being oil is petroleum it will soften rubber boots and potentialy lead to failure.
Actually, what you said was, "you should be able to purchase new boots and install them to correct the problem." To me that sounded like new boots are the answer, sorry if I misinterpreted. In my limited experience (just with my own truck - and almost 10 yrs of watching and reading on this site), new boots certainly was NOT the answer.
You can see an old post of mine Oil in valley - from intake boots? after CCV mod.
I never followed up with the conclusion to this issue, but it was indeed residual oil in the intercooler (at least I presume), b/c it eventually stopped leaking from the boots.
These are the boots I used on my truck - 1999.5-2003 7.3L DIESELSITE Engine Boot Kit (After 12/1/98)
So anyhow, if you have oil coming from the boots, my advice to do the CCV mod. That said, it seems some trucks simply have MORE oil going through those boots than others. For many people simply removing the boots, cleaning them inside and out really well and reinstalling is good enough for another 50k. For me cleaning them worked for a few thousand miles. For me installing new aftermarket "oil proof" boots was good for a little longer. I guess my truck has enough blow by that the CCV mod was only answer.
I suspect had I done the CCV mod first, I would have been able to save the money on aftermarket boots and kept the originals. I fell for the advice that new boots would solve the problem. My advice is if you have a lot of oil coming from the boots you should do the following:
1. Remove and thouroughly clean the IC boots, then watch for oil.
2. IF in a few months the oil has returned, do the CCV mod.
(All this assumes you do not have an oil leak from some other source!
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