EGR/FICM Who knows issues...(revisited)
I originally posted this on an engine 911, but (right now) its not really a 911 and I haven't had any responses to my queries so so I figured I'd repost the deal here...
Have an 06 6.0 w/83K on it. I'm a trail contractor by trade and tow 5K-10K loads all over Colorado, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. Egr failed catastrophically towing on the road last month. I won't mention the fun we had getting the truck, trailer, and equipment towed in... Dealer replaced EGR valve & cooler, head gaskets and heads checked o.k.
Ran fine another 1000K... 2 weeks ago it started hiccuping/missing and puffing the blue/white smoke on short drives to and from the job site but runs fine after 15 minutes or so. Took it back in and they replaced the FICM and found a code on the fan clutch so they replace that too. They say the injectors and egr tested fine but they did not test it on a cold start. Ran fine for one day. Now hiccuping and puffing again til 1st drive of the day is done unless I let it sit for more than about 4 hours. My hunch is injector(s) but it also may need a reflash? Two nights ago I plugged in the block heater overnight (even though the lows are high 40's, 50's) just for the hell of it and it ran great yesterday morning so I did it again last night. THis morning it hiccupped just a bit but didn't blow any smoke... It's scheduled for the dealer again on Wednesday. Any opinions on my hunches would be appreciated
The rub is, I live by this rig. I've got a bid to get to in Colorado Tuesday (tomorrow) but the dealer here can't get me in til Wed. Is it safe to drive 500 miles with this going on?
The other thing is since I got the thing in May 07 it's been reflashed twice, two rear end pinion bearings, front auto hubs rebuilt (because of the piddly *** vacume lines they run), the egr thing that left me on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, and since the things been in the shop twice in the last two weeks chasing this hiccuping thing. Thankfully everythings been under ford or extended warranty but there's been alot of $100.00 deductables going out. I'm to the point where I've lost confidence with it and am ready to upgrade...
But there's a whole new can of worms 'cause it seems like the 6.4, GM and Dodge have their own set of problems...
Any feedback on this diatribe would be great