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Old 05-23-2013, 06:43 PM
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Gaskets or cooler?

I have an 06 F250 KR getting ready to turn over 130k. A few weeks ago I noticed the antifreeze was low. Added antifreeze and noticed it seemed to be leaking from around the cap. Bought a new one from advanced and thought I had the problem fixed. Coolant temps nor Oil temps ever went over 200 and stayed with 7-8degrees of each other. Well today I was pulling a car trailer with my Camaro on it, and she decided to heat up on me. Almost like a thermostat was sticking. Shot up to around 230 twice and pulled over and cooled down. Oil temps stayed consistent with the coolant temps. Unloaded the car at its destination and went home, the truck never heated up the whole 50 miles but ran temps slightly above 200. Upon arrival I found the degas bottle to be empty with no sign of it leaking. The truck seems to run fine. I quickly pressurized the system and it seemed to hold good pressure. No white smoke or anything. Just losing antifreeze somewhere. I am going to check it out tomorrow and see what I can find. I know this topic has been beat to death, but I have read and read and still not found the exact situation lol. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:06 PM
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Good luck! I'm planning to replace my oil cooler and delete the EGR this weekend. Then I'm going to cross my fingers and pray it's not the head gaskets. I'm kind of in the same boat, pulled a big load, after that my deltas went crazy. No smoke for me either, AND I'm not losing any coolant. I've marked the bottle and it's always right in the same spot. Get your hands on a pressure tester and out it on the degas bottle. Fire the truck up cold and watch for the pressure to build. If it get's up there pretty fast, it's probably head gaskets. That's what the diesel tech at the Ford dealer told me.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:23 AM
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Yea it sucks. This is my only vehicle also and dont have time for down time. Im going to check into it a little more in a bit (try the bulletproof diesel thing with the bubbles). After a short bit of WOT earlier I had antifeeze puking from the bottle. Probably about 1/2 gallon after 5 minutes of hard running.
About how long does it take to change head gaskets on one, Im decent with a wrench. My guess is 12-14 hrs is a safe guess to be back up and running.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:37 AM
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The labor time is close but the time the heads need to spend at a machine shop that is knowledgeable about 6.0 heads will be awhile. I would strongly recommend you get them checked. If not you could be looking at doing it again.

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Old 05-25-2013, 02:58 PM
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Does anyone know where to get a good write up on changing the head gaskets, and one for the EGR delete? Im not sure what is wrong with mine yet but would like to review the how-to's.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:08 PM
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You might look at Senior Master Tech's YouTube channel:


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Old 07-01-2013, 05:48 AM
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just read this thread and was wondering if there were any updates on your issue? sounds a lot like my 04.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:18 PM
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Yep head gaskets. She is fixed the right way with studs an all now.
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