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Old 12-30-2013, 06:20 PM
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First 6.0 What do i need to do?

Hi guys, Newbee.... here.

What I got today is a 2003 F-350 4X4 dump with only 30K on it.The old man that had it did not use it much around his farm. The truck is cherry. I sell and repair landscape power equipment and snow plows, so I hear all of the 6.0 horror storys. This truck never had any?? It was back to the dealer two times for minor things. It starts and runs like I just drove it off the lot. My question is what do I do to keep it this way? are there anythings that need to be replaced or updated?? before the crap hits the fan. I have one customer that has a 03 F-450 that is on his 3rd engine....2 ford payed for and the last one he paid for and the truck only has 40K on it.

Any sugestions please....

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Start with reading these

Write Up: Monitoring the 6.0L PSD.

Write Up: Bullet-Proofing the 6.0L PSD.

And #1 most important, get a monitor, be it a Scangauge II, torgue/dashboss, or my personal favorite an Insight CTS or CS. A monitor will allow you to monitor the health of your engine, and will tell you long before you have driveability issues that something is going wrong.

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Thanks I will start reading and post questions.

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Good news is that its an 03. The EGR Coolers don't fail in that year so thats a definite bonus. As long as you keep fuel filters changed around every 10k miles and get rid of the ford coolant and go with a low silicate coolant, (usually its for semi's) to keep your oil cooler from clogging up. The fact that you have one with 30k miles is insane! So owner only drove it 3k a year! Wow. Good luck and welcome


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The original owner used it a lot in the first couple of years, then it really just set around the farm. I carfaxed it and its no BS. That is why I jumped on it.
When I clean it up i will post pictures.
Ok.......
First thing I am doing today is 2 new battery's, truck still has the original OEM battery's that are tired, and its going to drop to 8 this week.
Then I will change and flush coolant. Any choices on coolant?
As far as filters, oil & fuel, OEM I'm guessing? Or is there something out there better. I am big on OEM.

Thanks for help guys!!
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Filters: Motorcraft. Oil:Rotella T6 5W40. Coolant, any elc you can find.
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Work done this week end.

OK I went through the two links posted above ...alot of info there....

This is what we did so far....

Oil & filter changed,
Blue Spring upgrade on filter housing,
Fuel Filters changed, ( The one on frame rail sucked, never stopped draining?? )
ICP Sensor and Plug changed..had a leaker. Not so bad did it from the bottom
with a cut Home Depot socket.

Purchased a scan gauge II.

My question is reading about the SGII, I seames inportant to watch oil temp and water temp, they "should be or never be" how far apart?? Is that what is ment about a " DELTA "??

Also what other readings should I be watching?

I will be doing the Coolant change because I know it is the oem crap, orignal owner said he never changed it. Do I have to flush the system? if so how would you recomend I do it and what to flush with.

One last thing EGR delete is that a good thing to do and would I then throw codes with out a programmer.

Thanks Guys..
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OK I went through the two links posted above ...alot of info there....

This is what we did so far....

Oil & filter changed,
Blue Spring upgrade on filter housing,
Fuel Filters changed, ( The one on frame rail sucked, never stopped draining?? )
ICP Sensor and Plug changed..had a leaker. Not so bad did it from the bottom
with a cut Home Depot socket.

Purchased a scan gauge II.

My question is reading about the SGII, I seames inportant to watch oil temp and water temp, they "should be or never be" how far apart?? Is that what is ment about a " DELTA "??

Also what other readings should I be watching?

I will be doing the Coolant change because I know it is the oem crap, orignal owner said he never changed it. Do I have to flush the system? if so how would you recomend I do it and what to flush with.

One last thing EGR delete is that a good thing to do and would I then throw codes with out a programmer.

Thanks Guys..


Somebody has to have some input??
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Delta is the 12* max difference you want your engine oil temp (EOT) and your coolant temp (*fW). Usually EOT runs around 190, so make sure your coolant is 178 or higher when cruising 60mph for a good distance.




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Sorry, EOT and *fW are the abbreviations in ScanGauge2 for oil and coolant temps.


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