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Any F250 6.0L Owners?

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It seems I may have mentioned briefly in the past that we had two shop trucks in our business, of course you're all familiar with my Silverado and the other is an 05 F250 6.0 Power Stroke, PS (Piece of Shinola). That truck used to be the boss' daily driver until he got his over priced 4 runner..

 

So the truck sat..and I would drive it occasionally just to get it running and sometimes use it for heavy hauls across town. Driving it takes getting used to, especially because of the 5 or 6" lift and 35" tires...it's impossible to turn the wheel unless you're moving and then there's the dreaded ford steering gear box which on a good day has about an inch or so of play in it....

 

Well, a few months ago we got a new guy to drive and I finally have help...he's driving the F250 now...well it didn't take long until it was damn near un drivable, front end was real squirrely and we ended up spending about 3800 getting the front end rebuilt and straightening out the steering, everything except the pitman arm. 1 month later, guess what..back in the shop...replace the pitman arm. And then the turbo intercooler tube is cracked, now the turbo can't boost...sigh, there's another $250....

 

I get the truck out of the shop and it's got no power...! I do a little research, watch about ten videos on you tube....go get a bottle of Kleen diesel fuel conditioner and Sunday morning I drive the flagging beast up to my shop to remove and clean the EGR valve. Truck had no power off idle until boost would finally build about 3 or 4 seconds later and then whoooosh off it would almost go...with a limp. So I got the EGR out and holy carbon-constipation! I couldn't see through the damn thing! I sprayed it with PB blaster and Bug and Tar remover and took a flathead screw driver to it, and then a good strong scrub brush and cleaned it up nice, got the valve opening and closing and put it back in and voila! Truck ran a lot better.

 

I forgot to mention I'd put about half a bottle of that Kleen diesel fuel conditioner in the tank and then filled up, changed the egr the next day, returned the truck back to Danny, he took it out on deliveries the next morning and it ran great....until he climbed one our giant toll bridges, then all Holy Hell broke loose. He called me up "Truck has lost power, it's blowing plumes of black gray smoke!" I met up with him on the road and began to escort him back to our shop so we could work on it...during the drive, he was able to "blow it out" I'm sure we rivaled a volcanic eruption for the amount of pollution emitted but it was able to clear itself up...we got back to the shop and all was well. Truck ran fine again.

 

That happened again on his way home, he powered through it. Next day, he calls me "Dude! The truck is running great! Better than it ever did!" Even now, up to this point now, it's got soo much more power now than it did before. We guessed all the drama was due to the Kleen purging through the dirty injectors and opening them up and now they are flowing, combined with my egr clean. That damn truck has cost us an arm and a leg and now were just hoping it'll stay unbroken long enough to get some work out of it.

 

It makes me feel good that Danny's driving in a reasonable vehicle now, steering safely and running like a top. I wish we could just get rid of it and get him in a more practical vehicle but we're too upside down on it...it's gotta work for about a year or so now, no repairs. No more money on this heap, cuz no one is going to pay 10 grand for it.

 

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So If you have one of these GEMS and you've got steering or power issues with it, I might be able to help you or point in the right direction.

 

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Yes, I know the "35" (they're not) tires are too small for the lift that 4 wheel-stick it up your culo-Parts performed on this..worst thing ever..I hate that company and I hate what they do to people, the lift on this truck was a horrible idea.

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Just wondering...why such a big lift on a work truck?

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Ah, the six liter. I've heard so many good things about them.

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Well, when this truck was lifted it was the bosses daily driver and I guess he just wanted it to look cool, and he could look all tough and macho when pulling onto a job site, I don't know. It just like us wanting to lift our personal vehicles...but it turns out on this truck to destroy the front end, I guess it puts too much stress on it. Did I mention this is a young truck? 120,000 miles. And those 13.50" wide tires don't handle so well either.

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Can you not take the lift out?

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I see it all the time here. Lifted work trucks are stupid. they need a drop down trailer hitch to tow anything, and even with the lift they are usually overloaded and saggy in the rear end. And don't forget you'll need a step ladder to put anything in the bed.

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All our utility trucks are F-550, dually 4wd's , lot of problems with the 6.0 engines

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6.0s are such garbage. Hope it holds together for you but I hope you have a savings fund in place for when the inevitable happens with them. You did good by postponing it with cleaning the EGR. Do some research and fix that thing right.

 

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Dang it i was going to post that video that pisses nunya off!

 

Haha, yeah a friend of mine has a 6.0 he was telling me about doing the head studs on that thing, such a bad design.

 

-Kyle

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Uh huh... I figured the title alone was to bait and annoy me, and of course Kingman puts the video up. I'm watching you's

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I'm clearly missing something here, nunya can you please share with the rest of the class?

 

I haven't watched the vid yet, I'm on my phone in a gas station, but I'm not doing a damn thing more on that friggin heap o Ford. It's running great, fine not touching it until it needs it again.

 

To take the lift off is more money, and a different config Pittman arm.

 

And yes the truck does now have a lift gate on the back for loading.

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yup our work trucks are all 550s with 6.turd also. Love that engine to death.... Currently replacing another FICM Cant get rid of them because the market is so flooded, about to do the Cummins swap in it

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6.0l's are part pigs.

How many miles are on it?

Does it have a EGR still?

Have the Heads been off yet?

if so Head studs or Bolts?

what kind of programer is it running?

 

Ive been working on these for years, IMO the most solid truck money can buy. The engines are good if upgrade them properly. 05 means u have a Torque Shift trans so its more or less bullet proof.

 

 

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120,000 miles

 

EGR yes

 

Heads have never been off, so bolts / studs are original

 

No programming, it did have Banks at one time but it's been removed.

 

Can you tell me why it stalls out when trying to climb up a small 3" ledge but can go through mud and ruts in 4 hi just fine? I hate the traction distribution on this when in 4 wheel. I don't understand if I put the tires up against a curb, it cannot will not walk up it from a stand still...it's like the auto trans or the turbo holds up the torque.

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Alright here we go! EGR / EGR cooler DELETE coming this week!!! YAY!! No more clogged EGR valves, or white / gray smoke and no more overheating and plus a lot more power! Hurray!!! And then we only have to look forward to failing head bolts from stretching out and roller rocker bearings disinigrating inside the engine !! :) YES!

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