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There is no reason that your truck should be suffering major leaks from various locations. However, give 10 assemblers at the factory the wrong torque wrench and it is possible? The most likely cause was an unbalanced crank that caused your first engine problem. Other problems like the oil plug leaks... if it was cranked too tight during an oil change that all it would take to cause that one. You can not stop the slow drip once it has been stripped or over tightened due to the double hull design of the oil pan. Try using an O-ring. The dip-stick O-ring was probably damaged on insertion or it was never pushed home when the first reapir occurred. It is easy to miss on a reinstall, but no excuses from the dealer. as far as the PS hose, over time all will get wet and some hoses are made better than others. Except for the 2 rear seals, it doesn't sound like you have any major problems.
Just to put things in perspective, Ford sells more diesel trucks than all the other manufacturers combined with the PSD. Yes, there were major problems with the 03-04 MYs, but from MY05 on, the service rate is the best in the industry. There is no doubt there will be break-downs and problems and those that have problems will end up on the internet complaining about them or looking for more info. Either all the Ford diesel purchasers are dead-heads (me included) or Ford makes a pretty good product. Yes there are Fords with factory Cummins engines and conversion Cummins drop-ins. There are even a few Duramax drop-ins. For the average user that does not go stupid with the modifications there are not too many break-downs as a heavier class of vehicles. Ever wonder why Cummins derates most of its engines for service vehicles?
Unfortunately, many of the diesel purchasers had no reason to have purchased a diesel and should have bought the gasser. If the trucks are not used for their designed purpose you end up with excessive carbon deposits that lead to the primary failure of the truck, the EGR cooler and the associated problems. Dirty fuel is another culprit, most notably in the USA. Another issue that still seems to be prevalent is that many owners let their trucks idle rather than shut them down. For start-up, excessive idling is actually harmful. Same goes for letting it idle between trips. It is not an old diesel locomotive. Drive it long with the designed load and it works great. Drive it as a town cruiser you will probably end up in the repair shop.
Now, if we could only make the engine more accessible when problems come up...
Last edited by twoicebergs; 05-05-2009 at 08:32 PM.