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Old 07-24-2016, 10:20 AM   #31
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I not going to comment as to whether the 6.0L Powerstroke is a fair engine or not. I would like to know if you have Gauges on your truck?


If so what was the Boost pressure and EGT's readings?

I have driven over several mountain ranges that have had 6% to 8% slopes using cruise control with no issues. But I do watch my Boost pressure and EGT's on my truck and will down shift to 5th gear when the EGT's start to rise above 1200F, but I will keep my Boost pressure under 30 PSI.
Agee. EGT is the key to turbo and not lugging the engine. I don't use cruise control on 6% grades. I tend to back off and manage my temps.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:40 AM   #32
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ill agree with everyone, not your fault, it was just its time, i would sell the truck though, did they replace the entire motor? running the motor out of oil will do damage quick. im also interested (if you want to say) did insurance pay for it to be fixed since it was a fire?
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:27 PM   #33
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To answer your questions

I was ask a lot of questions about this post and I'd like to try to answer some of them.

First off this is the first truck I'd ever owned, I wanted the biggest truck I could fine so I wouldn't have trouble when I chose a really large TT with pulling it. I'm not a mechanic by I do a lot of my own work (brakes, rotor, shocks, oil changes, filter changes) and I have the tool to read trouble codes if they arise. When I bought the truck my machanic looked it over and liked what he saw so I bought it.

I put a lot of love and care if this truck, I always carry fire extinguishers in both the truck and TT, I also had pets with us when we were travling, I'd never let my truck go up in flames if I could prevent it, plus it was attached to our 1 year old TT that we love dearly.

Yes the insurance paid for all the damages, plus we have Good Sam mechanical insurance, who helped out as well, no they didn't replace the whole engine, they replaced the turbo, wiring harnesses, coolant tank, hoses, the FICM, dip stick, oil cap, and any other things that burnt in the area.

The second the turbo blew I was on the side of the road with the engine off, I had thought it was the transmission the blew when I saw all the fluid leaking out down below. But after I put out the fire and had a second to catch my breath and collect my thought and look at what truly happened, I realized it was the turbo. The ford mechanic said my fast action over getting over and turning off the truck prevented any further engine damage.

I wasn't aware at the time of purchase of the problems with the 6.0 engine, if I had my choice my have been different, but it was a one owner truck in fantastic shape that was well cared for, so I bought it. This was the first and only trouble it has ever given me. And just last month it turned over 100,000 miles. 😋
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:36 PM   #34
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:22 PM   #35
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Like I said "good job".
You made a quick assessment/decision to engage with the equipment you had and made a good save of your truck and almost new TT. Nothing wrong with that.
A good drill for anyone towing anything is to see how fast you can pop your hood open. You'd be amazed how "elusive" that lever can be in an emergency.
Some are not as inclined to make the decision you did. And that's fine. But if I have a chance to make a positive difference, I'm in. If I'm in the right place and time,I will help anyone that I am able to without getting myself killed or injured.
That's sometimes the tricky part. But life is always playing tricks on us, right?
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:30 PM   #36
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I'm with most of the replies here. 6% isn't that much of a grade out West here. Shoulda been able to pull that hill down one gear from overdrive at maybe 1700 RPM.


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Old 07-24-2016, 06:21 PM   #37
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ive been around a lot of 6.0's if you make it past 110k without it starting to blow up the coolant tank you will prob be fine, they seem to be either headgaskets go early or never
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I was ask a lot of questions about this post and I'd like to try to answer some of them. 😋
I think you did what all would hope to be able to do in that situation. Who would have thought that would happen.
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:52 PM   #39
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It sounds to me that the turbo had the original flex hose that can rupture, there is a $80 updated turbo feed line 3C3Z-9T516-A and an updated drain tune for $30 6C3Z-9T515-A. A 6.0L is a great engine, just maintain it. The oil cooler is the weak part, it clogs, overheats the EGR cooler and it ruptures allowing coolant to get in the intake and the head gaskets pop.


I have replaced my EGR cooler with a high flow unit and added an external oil cooler, coolant filter, updated FICM and other non power adding mods. I updated a lot of parts but I still have the torque to yield bolts at 140,000 miles and with regular maintenance I am a very happy 6.0L owner.


As for cruise, I use it all of the time on the highway but I use the pedal in the mountains. I do not monitor exhaust gas temps but I do monitor engine oil temps and coolant temps, when they start going up I back off the fuel.
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X2 on managing your EGT and not lugging it the hills. Oil that cools the turbo also get superheated if you run your EGT up, and consequently heats the oil for the entire engine.

Downshifting to a lower gear I see EGT temps go from 1100 down to 900 even on hills where the computer doesn't tell the tranny to drop down a gear.
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