June 7, 2011i know the 6.0 gets a lot of static but i still see them all over, i would like to get a diesel but is there anything i can do to a 6 liter to help ensure that it runs relativly problem free. what causes most of the 6.0 issues?
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June 7, 2011The best thing to do to the 6.0 is to not do anything. You can do exhaust but the ones with most of the trouble are the ones that have been "tinkered" with. That and find a good diesel mechanic. I only take mine to the local Ford truck center where all they do all day long is work on diesels.
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June 7, 2011Agreed. If you have a `virgin` 6.0L, that is probably the best advice.
While I don`t have a 6.0L, I also belong to a Power Stroke website and I`ve read the posts regarding issues. Many guys have trouble with blown head gaskets, EGR problems, FICM issues....yada, yada. Many of these engines have been `modded` by having exhausts, intakes and programmers installed that pushed the engine to the upper limits of it`s design causing different problems. Many have had ARP Head studs installed to help prevent head gasket issues or had them installed when having the HGs replaced. There are tons of aftermarket stuff out there to help `fix` these things.
A lot will depend on what you`re going to use your truck for and if you`re planning power-increasing mods. If the latter, be prepared.
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August 29, 2011The biggest single problem is still the EGR cooler. Overheating due to a terrible design in that and the oil cooler. Eliminate the egr cooler and it will eliminate the chance of coolant getting into the cylinders.Reducing the chance of blowing the headgaskets. The other big problem is the torque to yield headbolts. Eventually it would be a good idea to replace them with studs especially if your gonna be hauling anything heavy.
August 30, 2011I agree with the above post to a point. Because he states a common FORD problem. Biggest problem is that Ford retuned the engine slightly past Navistar engineering specs and then owners did more. The same engine with Navi specs up to 300hp is problem free in medium duty trucks (FYI that is trucks bigger than F550). The VT365 is know as a reliable midrange power plant. Hmmm.... it`s the same motor.
My advice is to look for what I was looking for. A no frills fleet rig. They were very rarely modified and better care than most would believe the average citiot gave them. Then invest in a good set of ARP head studs. And never modify anything else.
I am still contemplating a good 2 door 4wd XL with 6 spd stick. Time will tell. I think I can Cat or cummins my old trucks cheaper, though.
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September 2, 2011Don`t get me wrong. There are lot`s of good Ford 6.0 engines out there. I happen to own two of them and so far no problems. But the oil and egr cooler are a poor design. I`m not making this up. It`s a known fact. The oil cooler causes the EGR cooler to fail and coolant will eventually end up in the cylinders. Since liquid doesn`t compress. There goes the headgaskets. But you are right as well. Programmers,tuners, chips etc. cranked up will cause the headgaskets to blow as well. And that`s not unique to 6.0 engines. In the meantime I use an Edge CTS prgrammer set on mileage setting on my 03 and has for over a year with no problems at all. I did the EGR Delete as well.