I have a 2004 F-350 6.0 Powerstroke with what has been diagnosed by the dealership as having a leaking oil cooler. I knew I had a problem because of...well, the oil leaking in my driveway.
Anyway, I've just learned by reading many posts on this site that the oil cooler and egr cooler are very closely related and am now wondering why the dealership did not go ahead and replace the oil cooler when my egr cooler blew up 20,000 miles ago when still covered under warranty.
I guess my first question would be, were they obligated to replace the oil cooler at that time under some TSB?
I would also like to know what the best course of action is going to be for me. Obviously I need to have the oil cooler replaced with what I understand now to be an upgraded model from the manufacturer. I do not know if I should go ahead and replace the egr cooler again as a preventative measure, or install an egr delete or bypass kit? Possibly a Bulletproof egr cooler as recommended by one mechanic in my area? It's probably worth mentioning that I use my truck regularly to tow a 9,000 lb. boat.
Also, does anybody on this site know of any good dealer mechanics in my area of North San Diego county that would be interested in doing this work for me on the side? I don't mind paying someone for their labor, but the dealership wants $4000 to replace both parts, or $3500 to just replace the oil cooler. At a rate of $105 per hour I'm having a hard time doing the math since the parts are only about $600 and it takes about a full day to perform the work. At least that's my understanding, let me know if I'm wrong.
Thanks in advance for any help with this. I'm no mechanic and I need to get my truck back on the road for work as soon as possible.