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Old 07-10-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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Black smoke

I recently bought a 2003 Fleetwood Excursion but am concerned about small amout of black smoke when taking off say from a stop light. I also noticed the oil dip stick is above but dont remember where it was when I purchased the rig two weeks ago. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

I forgot to mention the engine is a cat 330 hp

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A small amount of black smoke is normal when going from no/light load. This due to the time it takes the turbo to come up to full boost. As to the dip stick I assume the oil level is over full, a little bit will not hurt anything, if you try to drain it out you'll end up wearing it, just keep an eye on it.

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Old 07-10-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
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Drove truck for many years. If there wasn't black smoke pouring out of the twin stacks it wasn't set up right.... Has nothing to do with the oil unless it's a gasser....
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:03 AM   #4
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Our rig did that too after we purchased it. I think it may have sat for a year or 2 without use. It would literally coat our toad with a black/sooty/oily deposit. After changing the fuel and air filters, and a couple thousand miles, we no longer had the problem. I also started using Lucas Injector cleaner on every other tank of fuel. Our rig has the 350 Cummins.

Maybe just needs to stretch it's legs a little.

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