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Old 07-08-2013, 07:35 PM
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Third set of reman'd heads in 3 months

I'm at witts end. I have purchased reman'd heads from Clearwater heads and it seems as if I'm on the fourth set in less than 3 months. the heads are under warranty but the labor is into me 8K. the mechanic is a ford retired diesel mechanic that opened a shop in his home. he says I'm never gong to get a good head from Clearwater because the shave their heads. All I've received from Clearwater heads at this point is a free set of heads that I sold on ebay to offset the cost of labor. I'm broke and don't know where to turn. has anyone else had problems with Clearwater and their products/ I have been through 3 sets and today my plastic overflow jug ran empty and the truck ran hot. ford mechanic said he wouldn't warranty anything that had been shaved. has anyone else had experience with Clearwater and are you having troubles with their heads. to date I've changed heads three times (may be on forth now but just can't afford) I changes heads bolts to arp, changes oil cooler, water pump and thermo.......last week I changed all injectors. I thought motor was bullet proof until today......I'm freaked out as my truck is my lawn maint. business truck and I'm down in the water. I can't work or pull my boat....if this is a head problem I guess I should have purchased new set of for heads but I could not afford after labor charges at this point. mechanic said he would not warranty heads that have been shaved and Clearwater says they do shave heads if needed. . Clearwater heads do nothing but heads...I assumed they know what they were doing since they do nothing but heads. I alsso assumed if they had nothing but **** and problems from factory 6.o heads they wouldn't ruin their rep on selling possibly **** heads and would not reman 6.0 heads. not sure what to do at this point. has anyone else had similar problems and if so, how did you fix the prob? i'm lost, broke and truckless after paying 6K on labor to replace the heads......any feedback and recommendations appreciated....pls help. what have you done with this type of issue. one set of heads with a problem is maybe understandable but I'm on 4th set......wtf
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:25 PM
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update......another blown head gasket. mechanic thinks I may have warped block but said I should have never went with reman'd heads. options are breakdown, check block, replace with factory heads, break down, check block and if warped replace headgasket and sell this POS back to ford.

ford dealer trying to sell me 2011 6.7 and offered me 6500.00 for my truck.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:33 PM
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yes there are some others here that have had issues with Clear water.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:58 PM
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Sell the POS back to Ford? They didn't put bad heads on it.
With proper learning, you would have read Ford heads or TTY bolts aren't the issue. Neither is the turbo. Or injectors.
It's the oil cooler and EGR cooler/valve.
So if maintenance isn't something you can do right now, get a 7.3, cheap IDI, or a gas engine.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:00 AM
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Jesilvas- I can't argue any of your points. I followed the direction given by others as problem areas of the 6.0. a couple of blown head gaskets lead me to reman'd heads that I had problems with. I wanted to share my experience with the heads with others on the forum.

1. Change head bolts
2. ERG delete
3. Oil cooler

The injectors, rebuilding turbo and the other maintenance issues were addressed since I had everything apart.
Thanks for your value added feedback
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:29 AM
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As mentioned, Clearwater Cylinder heads have given a lot of people a lot of headaches. Their heads and their customer service are substandard and the reason for their F rating with the BBB.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:49 PM
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What is a good alternative for replacement heads? It appears that all the heads available are rehabs or Chinese heads. Throughout the forum I see who not to use. There must be some answer to the head issue or either the 6.0 will have to be junked. I currently have 2 cracked heads.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:05 PM
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New heads?
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:32 AM
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Who has new heads? The dealerships have reman heads.
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A good mechanic would of checked the block & heads for warpage with the correct tools. Also after the first head job you could of found another motor on craigslist and did a engine swap for thousands cheaper. If you buy reman that's your fault, buy new or pay the price in the long run. If it was me I'd swap the motor , faster easier and less headache. Then you'll have a spare motor for parts
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