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#1 of 1186 Ford F-Series Powerstroke Diesel Problems
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Jul 18, 2006 (7:54 pm)
Exclusive discussion for the Powerstroke engine, and the older 6.9 and 7.3 "pre-Powerstroke" diesel engines as well.
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#2 of 1186 Powerstroke Head Gaskets
Aug 05, 2006 (1:40 pm)
Has anyone else had head gasket problems with your 05 powerstroke?
#3 of 1186 Re: Powerstroke Head Gaskets [mrwallace1]
Aug 10, 2006 (5:19 am)
my 05 powerstroke is experiencing leaks from both head gaskets. the dealer says he will not cover the repairs because I have an after market exhaust system. He is trying to charge me $8000 to replace both head gaskets and the turbo. I reported the problem I was having with overheating while towing my 5th wheel before the aftermarket exhaust and the shop just claimed that the coolant level was low. my truck only has 19000 miles.
#4 of 1186 Re: Powerstroke Head Gaskets [inkpenexor]
Aug 11, 2006 (4:10 am)
Did you do any other mods to the engine besides the exhaust?
(Did you chip it, or add propane, or nitrous?) If you have any of these things and especially if you tow heavy, your exhaust temperatures can shoot up real hot, real fast, and exceed their normal operating range. I think if the exhaust gas temps go over something like 1200 or 1300 degrees for an extended period, then you can damage the turbocharger and associated gaskets.
If you only have the exhaust mod, I don't think it alone would cause the damage, but the dealer is probably thinking what I outlined above. Also, how heavy is your 5ver? And do you tow it through the mountains? IT can put a lot of stress on the engine.
Do you have a pyrometer to measure the exhaust temperature? It's good insurance to protect your diesel. That way when you're pulling a big hill with a heavy load in tow, you can monitor the turbo temperature, and back off on the go-pedal if you see you're getting too hot.
Another tip is if you've towing hard with your foot into it and the engine is really hot, don't shut it down as soon as you pull off the highway ramp. Either drive it a few miles at city traffic speeds, or let the truck idle for at least 5 minutes so that the turbo heat can dissipate. If you're turbo's glowing red hot and you shut off the truck, it will cause the oil in the turbo bearings to break down and cause premature failure of the turbo bearings.
As far as the current problem....you may want to try a different dealer for service as some are more lenient about mods than others. Do you have any documentation for the earlier overheating problem. A paper trail would help tilt things in your favor
#5 of 1186 Ford Super Duty 350 six speed clutch
Oct 06, 2006 (7:46 am)
I have 51,000 miles on a Ford super duty six speed. I have had constant problems with the clutch slipping, and am looking at replacing it for the 4th time. I have pulled my horse trailer a total of 65 times in 7 years. Ford offers no help. I don't "off road" or abuse this truck in any way. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
#6 of 1186 2004 Ford F350 Power Stoke Diesel Antifreeze Leak Problem
Oct 05, 2006 (8:02 am)
#7 of 1186 2004 Ford F350 Power Stoke Diesel Antifreeze Leak Problem
Oct 05, 2006 (8:02 am)
I have a 2004 F350 6.0 Power Stroke Diesel.
Scenario: In May 06 i noticed antifreeze leaking in front of the truck so i took it to the dealer they replaced the hose. In June 06 smelled coolant leaking again and didn't notice any on the ground and the dealer replaced the clamp and hose. In July 06 I continued to have this problem and took it back to the dealer and they replaced the coolant bottle cap after it continued to leak. In Aug & Sept 06 it was leaking again, they ran their inspections and now they are telling me i need a new fan clutch. I've spent time and money dealing with these folks and was wondering if anyone else was having this issue.
#8 of 1186 Re: 2004 Ford F350 Power Stoke Diesel Antifreeze Leak Problem [byoung77]
Nov 12, 2006 (8:01 pm)
hi this is brad i don't owen a 6.0 power stoke. i have heard from the local ford dealer's and friends say that 6.0 shouldn't idle for long periods of time becasue it will clog the egr inter cooler. and you also have to drive them like you stoled it
#9 of 1186 Re: 2004 Ford F350 Power Stoke Diesel Antifreeze Leak Problem [superduty02]
Nov 13, 2006 (5:26 am)
It's called wet stacking. Normal diesel idle rpms are too slow, if you idle too long, your exhaust temperatures stay at nominal operating temperature and you get crud buildup. I thought it was more of an issue in the old 7.8L Powerstroke than in the 6.0L.
Ford sells an option - Automatic Idle Controller - keeps engine idling around 1200 rpm, engine runs hotter and prevents wet stacking.
#10 of 1186 F250 fuel leaks
Nov 14, 2006 (1:47 pm)
I have a 99 powerstroke with 275,000 miles on it, just recently, Diesel fuel started leaking from a small tube on the front right side of the engine. Sometime it won't leak for days, then it might leak about a half pint out while it is sitting and idling, I don't think it leaks when I am driving it because my mileage has not changed.