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Old 01-07-2014, 02:34 PM
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advice on my unique situation determining if Head Gaskets get replaced

Symptoms:

diagnosis is:
EGR bad
Oil cooler will be replaced too
when pressurizing, pressure gets up to 20psi under test real fast. abnormal. Cap is 16-18psi. small amounts of white smoke.

before closing her up...with these symptoms, should I just spend the money to do studs and HG's now...given the uncertainty of the rapid/high pressurization symptom now?

With a bulletproof EGR and stock oil cooler, and new ARP head studs, what have you guys paid for this whole job, total please? What's reasonable for the whole deal?

Please advise....I'm the noob and i know this is the circular topic...and boring as hell at this time...but I need your help quick!

Appreesh!
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:35 PM
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BTW, the reputable diesel performance shop has not see this kind of quick pressure build up to 20lbs...and fast. Thoughts on what that means?
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:36 PM
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BTW...I am leaning towards doing it now and not regretting it...but a cost with labor benchmark would be great. Thanks!
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I have done exactly what you said. bpd egr cooler, stock oil cooler, factory head gaskets and arp studs. I did the coolers myself I think I was just under 2k in parts but that included an bpd ficm. At a later date since the egr cooler didn't fix the concern I had ford do the head gaskets and studs because it was under an extended warranty. the cost to the warranty company was $4300. the studs were included in that price. they are 550 from Orielys
Hope that helps.

As far as your symptom. I'm guessing both egr failure and head gasket and the same time. I am no expert but it make sense since the pressure is increasing so fast.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:54 PM
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Yea $5,000.00 is about right.

Make SURE a PowerStroke 6.0 qualified shop does the work.
OEM gaskets.
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