This "how to" article was performed on a 2000 Ford Excursion with the 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel. My CAC hose had been leaking for a few months and while nothing severe, it was leaving drops on the garage floor and making a mess of my engine compartment. I was amazed at how much oil was in my engine compartment as I dove into this project!
The goal of this install for me was to replace a leaking CAC hose.
3.) Using a flat-edge screwdriver, pry up the edge of the old CAC hose
4.) Pull the hose off
Step 4: Install new CAC hose
1.) Install new CAC hose (small end goes over removed pipe!)
2.) Install hose clamp around CAC hose (line up the hose clamp with the guides on the hose)
Step 5: Reinstall turbo (cold) pipe with new CAC hose
1.) Reinstall pipe in engine compartment leading with the new hose first
2.) Fit the new hose (large end) around the intercooler opening
3.) Fit the pipe into the existing hose at the top of the turbo
4.) Check to make sure the hose clamps will sufficiently clamp at both ends
5.) Check to make sure hose clamp on smaller end of the hose doesn't have its bolt punching into anything (it should be perpendicular to the ground, if possible)
Step 6: Tighten all bolts and hose clamps
1.) Tighten clamp around new hose first
2.) Tighten top hose clamp at turbo
3.) Reinstall wiring harness screws
4.) Reinstall 3 bolts for coolant reservoir (small bolt goes on top, undereath the tire iron for the wheel lug nuts)
5.) Reinstall tire iron
Ford quoted me somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 to do this repair. The CAC hose was only about $10-15 and was extremely easy to do. If you notice an oil leak coming from the front of your Excursion or SuperDuty, take a look at the CAC hose and see if there's a build-up of sludge on it. Odds are that it's probably leaking and just needs a replacement. I replaced this hose at 150,000 miles on my Powerstroke.
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