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Old 12-02-2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Tips to keep a 6.0 Ford alive

What are the key steps to keep this engine going? I have a friend who got a good deal on one (2005) and the best thing I could tell him was to run Motorcraft filters and change the oil before 5k miles. Also said don't put a programmer on it.

I would tell him egr delete, new oil cooler, and head studs but i don't think the money is there.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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Egr delete would be first on my list.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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list the miles and stuff... need more info... over 125K be ready for some updates...
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:15 PM   #4
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The EGR is what kills these trucks.
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Get a bulletproof performance egr cooler, and change the oil on good intervals.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:02 PM   #6
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This is a pretty good run down of everything http://www.littlepowershop.com/60problems.html
I don't run motorcraft filters i run napa filters in mine, made by wix the same people who make motorcraft filters. I change my oil every 5k and fuel filters every 10k i have 60k on my 06 never had a problem yet knock on wood.
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This is a pretty good run down of everything http://www.littlepowershop.com/60problems.html
I don't run motorcraft filters i run napa filters in mine, made by wix the same people who make motorcraft filters. I change my oil every 5k and fuel filters every 10k i have 60k on my 06 never had a problem yet knock on wood.
that link was good. i sent it to him.
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Get a good set of gauges like an Edge Insight. The Biggest problem with these trucks is the oil cooler getting plugged. This leads to egr failures which then leads to blow head gaskets. With the edge insight you can moniter oil and coolant temps. The temperature delta between the 2 shouldnt be more than 15*. Also install an egt to keep that in check. If hes interested in tuning get a SCT with custom tunes from innovative diesel or gearhead performance. Check out powerstroke.org.
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The Biggest problem with these trucks is the oil cooler getting plugged. This leads to egr failures which then leads to blow head gaskets. The temperature delta between the 2 shouldnt be more than 15*.
This is no lie. I took oustanding care of my truck changing the oil and filter at 5K miles religiously, as well as changing fuel filters every 15K miles. Was never beat on, or modded in any fashion. At 6 years old with only 61K miles I started getting a code and took it in to the dealer where a friend is a diesel mechanic. Turns out the coolant was seeping into the oil cooler and the computer showed the temp difference had reached as much as 21 degrees. Estimate was 4-5K including the replacement of 3 bad glow plugs I was unaware of. If they got in there and found it caused any damage to the head gaskets, or heads themselves, I was told it would be another 8K because the cab would have to come off. Several people would often ask me if I would sell them the truck when I went to buy a new one, thats how well it was taken care of. Because we had bought so many vehicles from them (5) over the last 8 years, they gave me 18.5K on the trade in, $5500 in rebates, and I used a family Z plan pin number towards a new 2011 F-250 FX4 with the 6.7 Diesel.

In a nut shell tell your friend to fix it, and dump it
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This is a pretty good run down of everything http://www.littlepowershop.com/60problems.html
I don't run motorcraft filters i run napa filters in mine, made by wix the same people who make motorcraft filters. I change my oil every 5k and fuel filters every 10k i have 60k on my 06 never had a problem yet knock on wood.
nope. racor makes motorcraft. i pulled a wix filter from the lower and guess what.. air pocket. only uses 1/2 the filter when that happens.

egr delete of block off BOTH ports.
exhaust delete (cats/muffler)
maintenance 5k oil and 15k fuel filters.
never run low on fuel.
keep an eye on EOT/ECT temps, over 15* @ 200* temps and your oil cooler is stopping up.
you can run cetane booster, twc-3 2 stroke oil is suppose to help keep the injectors happier 1oz per gallon.
coolant filter or run ELC coolant without silicates.
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What are the key steps to keep this engine going? I have a friend who got a good deal on one (2005) and the best thing I could tell him was to run Motorcraft filters and change the oil before 5k miles. Also said don't put a programmer on it.

I would tell him egr delete, new oil cooler, and head studs but i don't think the money is there.

Sell it and buy a dodge or chevy...







Seriously, they fail bone stock!

Best advice is to put a better fuel filter system on there, Fass or fuelab pumps are very nice. put synthetic oil in everything. egr and oil cooler if he has money...

maybe exhaust, but thats it.
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I tried and tried to get him to buy anything but a 6.0 but you know how people are.

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Sell it and buy a dodge or chevy...







Seriously, they fail bone stock!

Best advice is to put a better fuel filter system on there, Fass or fuelab pumps are very nice. put synthetic oil in everything. egr and oil cooler if he has money...

maybe exhaust, but thats it.
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Coolant filter!! You wouldnt believe the shit thats in those cooling systems, nasty..
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We work on many 6.0's.... Fixed they are great engines if maintained correctly,here is what we recommend

The egr system needs addressed either by deleting it or going to a aftermarket cooler
Quality engine oil is a must,you CANNOT run ROTELLA in a 6.0, we recommend AMSOIL synthetic and their absolute efficiency oil filter( this oil has a 25,000 mile drain interval) I can't stress how important oil is in a 6.0...
The cooling system maintenance is critical as well... You must change the coolant at the scheduled intervals...

If you plan to add a tune to your truck DO NOT buy a cookie cutter programmer with a generic tune... Get with a reputable tuner and discuss what you expect from your truck..

Quality cold air intake is always better than a stock system

High flow exhaust is recommended ..

Treat a 6.0 the way it should be and the truck will in most cases be a reliable vehicle
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We work on many 6.0's.... Fixed they are great engines if maintained correctly,here is what we recommend

The egr system needs addressed either by deleting it or going to a aftermarket cooler
Quality engine oil is a must,you CANNOT run ROTELLA in a 6.0, we recommend AMSOIL synthetic and their absolute efficiency oil filter( this oil has a 25,000 mile drain interval) I can't stress how important oil is in a 6.0...
The cooling system maintenance is critical as well... You must change the coolant at the scheduled intervals...

If you plan to add a tune to your truck DO NOT buy a cookie cutter programmer with a generic tune... Get with a reputable tuner and discuss what you expect from your truck..

Quality cold air intake is always better than a stock system

High flow exhaust is recommended ..

Treat a 6.0 the way it should be and the truck will in most cases be a reliable vehicle

I have a dumb question, can u take care of the egr problem by buying a programer and having a tuner set the egr at 0% duty cycle.
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