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Old 12-13-2013, 07:12 AM   #31
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My 2 cents, I had an 03 6.0 . 68000 mi blew egr cooler, so did studs,delete,turbo clean,coolant filter,3.5" turbo back mbrp exhaust ,.......$$. Drove it another 25000 mi. Restored my confidence. Hooked it to a 12000# toy hauler,n headed west. Made big horn pass in Wyoming, lost oil pressure. Traded it on a new Ram. FIX COMPLETE !!
Point check or replace hpop (high pressure oil pump) and low pressure pump when it ran , it ran very well. I sometimes miss my old 6.0. like every 30 days,when the check is sent to bank, for the cummins. Take care of it and it will serve you well. Good luck!!

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Old 12-13-2013, 07:55 AM   #32
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6 Litres like to be driven you stole it. You CAN'T baby a 6.0 and expect it to last. International Navistar used the VT365 engine which is essentially the same as the 6.0 and put them in thousands of buses without similar problems. Ford pumped up the HP and torque in the Powerstroke compared to the VT365. That's one issue. The other is the silicate laden Ford gold coolant. Navistar did not use that. They used an ELC non silicate version. The 6.0 pounds the snot out of the coolant and requires flushing and replacing at least bi-annually or 50k miles whichever comes first. Do yourself a favor and have the service tech switch to CAT ELC instead of Ford's. Later 6.0 have an upgraded HPOP (High Pressure Oil Pump). They rarely fail although make sure your tech replaces the HPOP screen with a upgraded stainless steel version. The STC (Snap to Connect) fitting is a bad design in the later models and is a weak link in the high pressure oil system. There are one piece upgrades available. Good luck with the repairs and believe it or not these engines can be made practically bullet proof. These repairs will cost you a mortgage, but now is an opportune time to get it all done at once. Check this link!
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:02 AM   #33
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I get ya rattle, coolant system is being douched out good and switched to the good stuff as well. The list of things they are doing is a little long, and I forget some things I guess, but a full tilt bullet proof "bus engine" is what it's being turned back into. HPOP is getting an updated fitting as's cause of failure. ....I think the bumper of the truck is actually beginning to bend into a smile! lol But my wallet is very, very sad!
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:03 AM   #34
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So silicate residue at the EGR is what blocks them? I'd believe it. We used to seal historical stained glass windows by dripping a silicate solution over them for a month or more. The silicate just "grows".

And the link you provided-definitely diesel guys. They AIN'T English teachers!

"The Ford Powerstroke 6.0L diesel is one of our most popular diesel trucks that we sale products for." (sic)

edit - I e-mailed them about the typos and they IMMEDIATELY e-mailed back a "thank you" and offered to send me a free t-shirt! They are a class act!
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:25 PM   #35
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I've done many sets of 6.0 heads and gaskets, Ford warranty, c/p, TTY factory head bolts and arp head studs. Never have done one with cab off.....
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:36 AM   #36
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This Bill Hewiit guy is a love or hate him type of person and talked about all over the Powerstroke forums. In any case, he has a bunch of good videos describing what goes wrong and what to fix on Powerstrokes. If nothing else, it is easy to watch educational videos. Heat is the killer of the 6.0. Keep the fluids clean and keep it cool is the key to a good running 6.0 engine. The 06-07 models are actually pretty good in stock form as Ford did a bunch of updates by then. But it was too late to save face as Ford had huge black eye problems.

Anyway, check this out to get educated. POWERSTROKEHELP.COM - The Information Source for Ford Power Stroke Diesel Owners & Mechanics
You can buy a 6.0L Ford relatively cheap, get the work done for 5-7 grand and be half price of a new 6.7L Ford. Afterwards, you can then tune the 6.0L and don't have a DPF or have to run DEF fluid.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:28 AM   #37
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I started this thread with the work that needed done on my 6.0 so here is the final results;
I picked up the truck a day before my 2500 mile round trip to the keys. The tuner was set on "tow" to help with performance, economy and shifting patterns. Towing my 3008 Windjammer never gave me above 10 to 11 miles to the gallon before the work, but I averaged 13 through the whole trip. Not a huge improvement but that's not the point of why the work needed done. The power increase was "phenomenal" and something I'll have to train my foot to stay away from to preserve the longevity of the truck. The truck performed flawlessly through the whole trip and and the famous (before the epa screwed it up) 6.0 actually felt free to be what it great engine!
It should be noted that Ford did have to go the extra mile "again" for the EPA and as I was informed by a neighbor I was camping beside in the keys....he had a 2013 Ford power stroke. He average ""8"" miles to the gallon on his trip, he paid 55,000 dollars for his truck, and by the time I told him my story, he wished he bought an 06-07 and had the fix done. I out performed his truck with raw horse power and torque, I had nearly twice the fuel mileage as his, and because I care for my truck with great passion, it's hard to tell it's an 06 except for the body changes. So please tell me EPA the heck is 8 miles to the gallon saving our environment over 13 miles to the gallon?? Be sure to take into account the cost and pollution of burning nearly twice the fuel in your calculations please!

The work on the 6.0 can be done with the cab in place. "However" Dijoeboss, imagine the time and effort you save doing the work with the engine and trans "wide open" with total access to everything! The time it takes to remove the cab and having the proper equipment and personnel experience in it saves in the end around 8 hours of labor according to the shop I used. The mechanics that did my repairs showed me first hand the value of the cab off job. Everything they took off was steam cleaned to factory new including the entire engine and transmission, gasket surfaces on the block had total access for cleaning, new gaskets, placement and fit of the heads, oil cooler egr delete, and torquing and inspection. When you pop the hood on my truck now it looks like "2006" underneath now.
In summary, and in agreement with the link samysabre posted; Do yourself a favor and buy something for "half the price" and with "twice" the fuel economy, aka an older model Ford. I'm more than happy with my truck now and when it's provoked will literally smoke the doors off anything on the road while burning less fuel....go figure? lol
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:45 AM   #38
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I'm more than happy with my truck now and when it's provoked will literally smoke the doors off anything on the road while burning less fuel....go figure? lol
Are you sure about this statement?

BTW, glad you got'er workin' good now. Enjoy, the 6.0 is a great motor when it gets straightened out.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:58 AM   #39
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Originally Posted by mrtodds View Post
and when it's provoked will literally smoke the doors off anything on the road while burning less fuel....go figure? lol
the track at milan raceway opens apr 24th, we just run for fun, bring it up and we shall see about blowing doors off.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:10 AM   #40
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Just as a point of information, EPA sets "standards" based on health research, and the mfg do what they need to to meet them. A poor design is not EPA fault, and lots of diesel mfg. have met the std without fuel economy or reliability issues. The 6.0 was a poor execution, thats all.

I personally think the health research leading to the "std" for diesels is bogus, but that is a whole other question.

I have an LBZ duramax so am spared all these issues...

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