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Old 07-17-2012, 05:12 PM
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I am in a bit of a tight spot here. I have just PCS'd to Colorado Springs, transferred my NC title and plates to Colorado (still have the temp tag), switched my insurance to a CO policy (more expensive), gotten an appartment, and began work in my new brigade. All of this in less than 6 months, so needless to say I am absolutely strapped for cash.

The truck: problems started with the FICM which I fixed. Now, all of the problems that I had are back, but worse. Hard, chugging starts in the morning, hard starts all day, and black smoke until the turbo FINALLY spools.

My Question: Are there any reputable 6.0 mechanics in my area that will be willing to finance repairs? I feel trashy and try not to talk about my financial situation, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Thanks Fellas
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:41 PM
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None in the Colorado Springs area?
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:11 PM
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can you get any codes pulled, maybe we can save you some money. And you can get intimate with your truck, thats what we do here.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:16 PM
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Lol, I am an aircraft mechanic by trade and I have the scars on my knuckles and foe arms to prove that I an very intimate with my truck. I am planning on having a diag done this weekend, but that is literally all I have to spend. I will keep you all posted and maybe we can all kick this pig together.
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Man alot of us are in the same boat as you, hang in there You should pull your batteries and get them load tested, you can also pull your egr valve and see if it is dirty. Thats free stuff. Maybe a member lives close by you, they may be able to scan codes for you. Look in the state specific forums to see if someone is close by you. Check out the stickies too. Before you go to some crappy shop, there are org suggested repair facilities on one of the forums.

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Old 07-18-2012, 05:34 AM
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I have almost new batteries, they have been in the truck for about 6 months. This morning, I checked my fluids as I do every week before p.m. and aside from low power steering fluid, I noticed some oil on the cold side of my turbo. It's cakes up pretty good and the oil is clean. I added a drop of Lucas to see if that helps. All I need to do now is clean it real good and watch it. Any other suggestions?
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I would still pull the egr and inspect. Pull the bolts out and twist it so you can put some wire through the holes and loop it up. Then stick a bar through the wire and pull it up. They are usually stuck pretty good. I know you said the ficm is newer, but bad batteries kill ficms, you can google the ficm check procedure for peace of mind. Also free. I also need to say, you need a monitor on that truck, whenever you are able. That is more important than fuel on a 6.0. Lol.

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Old 07-18-2012, 06:07 AM
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Ok, thanks. I looked around and found some good trouble shooting books on the 6.0 in particular. I can swing 10 bucks on a book that might save me thousands. Honestly, I am a little nervous. Between the hard and no starts, oil on the turbo and other issues, I fear I may be saving for a long block.
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Google 6.0 bible/coffee table book, i'll try to find the link. Don't bother with buying a book, all the resources you need are here. Oil in the cac tube is normal, unless it is huge amounts. It comes from the pcv hose on the left valve cover, as a mater of fact, you should check all the intake hoses for rips or tears and loose clamps. Most the times it is best to pull them out to inspect. That can cause running issues and smoke. Look for soot around the exaust pipes, turbo, and clamps. Also free.:thumbup:

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agreed the books are crap compared to what you can find for free on the net

If all your same issues you had before you fixed your FICM are back

wouldn't you suspect the repair failed?

also just because batteries are 6 months old doesn't mean anything ,, they need to be checked individually IMHO

Man a 6.0 on a tight budget sucks ,, good luck Bro
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