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Old 07-22-2016, 02:54 PM   #1
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Expensive mistake to make

A few months ago we were driving through TN, while towing our 40ft Salem Hemisphere to Florida for a vacation at Disney World.

While driving over a mountain know to the locals as "Million Dollar Moutain" with the cruise control set to 50mph, I failed to see a sign that said 6% grade ahead, trucks use low gear!

Not even half way up the Moutain I noticed our truck (Ford F-350 SuperDuty) was struggling to keep pace, it was at that moment I realized I was trying to go far to fast for the grade we were on. As I reached to switch off the cruise control there was a loud bang, then a lot of smoke!!! I immediately pulled over set the break and hazard lights, and jumped out to open the hood to find half of the engine on fire!!!!!!!

Come to find out that the turbo had blown spraying high-pressure oil over the engine causing a large fire and $11,000 worth of damage!!! I was able to put the fire out, but it ruined our vacation, and stranded the truck and trailer in TN for weeks while the repairs where done.

The moral of the story, Pay attention to roadsigns and don't be in a hurry when you're climbing steep hills!!! The fire department told me going up a hills that steep you should always locked out over Drive, I've driven large vehicles for a long time but never pulled a trailer with the truck so I was unaware that the same rules applied. Very expensive lesson to learn.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:57 PM   #2
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A few months ago we were driving through TN, while towing our 40ft Salem Hemisphere to Florida for a vacation at Disney World.



While driving over a mountain know to the locals as "Million Dollar Moutain" with the cruise control set to 50mph, I failed to see a sign that said 6% grade ahead, trucks use low gear!



Not even half way up the Moutain I noticed our truck (Ford F-350 SuperDuty) was struggling to keep pace, it was at that moment I realized I was trying to go far to fast for the grade we were on. As I reached to switch off the cruise control there was a loud bang, then a lot of smoke!!! I immediately pulled over set the break and hazard lights, and jumped out to open the hood to find half of the engine on fire!!!!!!!



Come to find out that the turbo had blown spraying high-pressure oil over the engine causing a large fire and $11,000 worth of damage!!! I was able to put the fire out, but it ruined our vacation, and stranded the truck and trailer in TN for weeks while the repairs where done.



The moral of the story, Pay attention to roadsigns and don't be in a hurry when you're climbing steep hills!!! The fire department told me going up a hills that steep you should always locked out over Drive, I've driven large vehicles for a long time but never pulled a trailer with the truck so I was unaware that the same rules applied. Very expensive lesson to learn.


Although locking out overdrive, using tow/haul, downshifting, etc. is ideal... you should not have had your engine blow up because of what you did.

The truck should have/would have/did downshift eventually on its own.

I strongly believe you just found a defect.


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Old 07-22-2016, 04:14 PM   #3
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I take it this was the 2003 SD with the 6.0 in your profile.

I think the turbo just let go, the truck should have made the climb even on cruse without issue.

How many miles on it?
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Old 07-22-2016, 04:15 PM   #4
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Was this an automatic trans? I agree with 325BH if it was an auto.
Most newer vehicles don't care what gear you have selected with an auto, if the parameters do not meet as designed into the trans controller. Outside those parameters the controller will shift gears regardless. That is true for overdrive down to a lower gear, or place it in 1st gear and keep accelerating, the trans will eventually shift into a higher gear.

Regardless, it is a shame you did not get to your location as expected.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:02 PM   #5
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I was told by the mechanic that because it was a 2003 Ford F350 super duty 6.0 , with 87,000 original miles, that the turbo may just have been at the end of it's life. But it was definitely the pressure caused from the cruise control downshifting the transmission that cause the pressure that blew the turbo. That according to ford
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Ford 6.0 worst diesel ford ever had. A lot of issues with that engine.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:27 PM   #7
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I would say they circled the problem, but it's too soon. Sorry for your loss.
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Ford 6.0 worst diesel ford ever had. A lot of issues with that engine.

That 6.0 International engine that Ford chose to up the horse power/torque every year to keep ahead of the Dodge/GM trucks was the real problem. I had 2 of them over the years. That same engine is still powering most international school buses in service without many headaches.
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That 6.0 International engine that Ford chose to up the horse power/torque every year to keep ahead of the Dodge/GM trucks was the real problem. I had 2 of them over the years. That same engine is still powering most international school buses in service without many headaches.
The international 7.3 was a lot better than the 6.0 Heard if you let the 6.0 idle too long it would dump diesel into the oil. Main reason I never bought one.
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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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