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Low Coolant

I know their are several threads already relating to this but i just want to be sure about what i am supposed to do.

I just bought an 05 6.0 a little over a month ago. I checked my coolant and it is low. I do not know what type of coolant is in it or what type i am supposed to put into it. I have heard that having low coolant can be a sign of the egr failing and can lead to head gasket failure. The dealership i bought it off of said that the head gaskets were just replaced before i bought the truck. My truck is completely stock and i plan on getting an sct tuner in the near future though. This will bypass the egr electronically right? I do not know much about the 6.0. Is the main problem the egr or what. I know that these motors can be very good reliable motors with a little work done to them but i am not sure what needs done or what the actual problem is. If anyone could tell me it would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if my questions are answered in other threads already.

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First of all, you need to figure out what type of coolant is in the engine now. Most likely it is the Ford Gold stuff. Best way to figure out would be to go under the radiator and fill a plastic cup up with what's in the radiator. If it appears clear to a gold tint you most likely are running the gold stuff. Many folks have elected to swap out and use ELC coolant, but to do that means a complete flush of your coolant system. It's not hard, but it must be thorough.

Since you don't know much about the engine in your truck, there are a number of things you should consider. EGR Cooler can be a problem which generally is affected by the Oil Cooler. If the Oil Cooler gets stop up it will likely result in failure of the EGR Cooler which in turn results in Flash Boiling of the coolant, and eventually failure of the headgaskets. To counter this, a number of us folks have elected to delete the EGR Cooler and either clean and restore the current Oil Cooler or purchase a new one. The key then is to ensure your coolant system is properly maintain i.e. clean of any crud that would be counterproductive to the Oil Cooler.

(This will bypass the egr electronically right?) You only bypass the error code regarding EGR. You must remove the EGR Cooler and EGR valve then the Tuner will bypass the error code.



After that, a Coolant filtering system would be a good investment to help maintain a clean system.

The truth is: There is a lot you can do to keep it running right. It just depends on how you are going to drive it and what do you want it to do...

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I know that these motors can be very good reliable motors with a little work done to them but i am not sure what needs done or what the actual problem is. If anyone could tell me it would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if my questions are answered in other threads already.
Dont be sorry about it, do the work and read for yourself. Dont ask someone to help you if you cant help yourself

Awesome thread on oil / cold start issues for 6.0 ----> http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/gen...ably-like.html
Troubleshooting a no Start Condition ---> http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/6-0...condition.html
Still using Ford Coolant? ----> http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/6-0...nce-temps.html
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