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Old 05-08-2011, 03:16 PM
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Hey guys,'I just bought my first diesel about two weeks ago and I have a question. When I first start up my truck in the morning or evening, it doesn't matter if it's 40 outside or 80 degrees outside, if I take off right away after starting before it's warmed up alittle, it won't shift out of first until 3 grand if I hold steady on the pedal. And shifting from 2-3 and 3-4 is slow too. Once it warms up it runs perfect though. Is this normal for 6.0 diesel trucks, or is something wrong. I've read both.
Also, from a dead stop if I hammer on it, through first gear it seems like the acceleration is slow. After a stiff shift into second, then the truck really starts to move!! Is there a problem here or is this a turbo problem?
Like I said, it's my first diesel and I don't know much about them. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Any mods done to the truck that you know of?
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:51 PM
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I didn't find anywhere where a programmer was mounted. I don't know if they put a chip in it. I'm guessing not. But I don't know for sure. It has a k&n filter, but the exhaust is still factory.
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ive had my 2004 6.0L since 07, and almost all the time it would be hard shifting when its cold. however just couple weeks ago i read about switching to 5w-40 rotella-t synthetic oil. it helps with cold starts. it has improved 100% maybe you can try that, may help or may not. but now my tranny is going out, too many mods done to truck
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:38 AM
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I'll have to look into the 5w-40 thing. I'm trying to read all the stuff I can and soak in the knowledge! I hear good and bad about the premium gold coolant, I'm doing alittle reading on it now. Everything about my 5.0 f150 was so much simpler!!
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:34 AM
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one thing i do know about the motorcraft premium gold is that if you have a 6.0L use onnly the motorcraft coolant premium gold. if you have anything else in it flush the coolant, you can get it done at jiffy lube for under a hundred bucks....at powerstrokehelp.com this guy is kinda strange but he knows just about everything with the 6.0L's, and it states in your owners hanbook to only use it. if you dont it may cause head gaskt leaks etc..etc.. i dont think it will cuz i went 2 years without using it lol, but then i learned about it all and decided to switch just incase
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:36 AM
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Also if there arent any mods done to it you may want to look into deleting the egr valve, do research on that part too. its one of the biggest problems on 6.0L's its where almost all problems start with this truck. if they never had put it in this truck would been a super badass truck...completly stock!
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Deleting that would mean that exhaust isn't recirculated right?
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:33 AM
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And would this help at all with the WOT takeoff? I've heard that is normal and you have to feather the pedal in, not stomp on it. I've also heard that it's not normal and it should shoot out like a rocket from the pocket. I've heard both about the shifting too, that it's normal that you have to let it warm up, and that its not normal and you should be able to take off right away. I'm afraid to talk to the dealer because they always say something isn't right and needs to be replaced.
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it still should circulate, all the egr does is make it cleaner and cools the gas down, but when its "cleaning" the gas it also clogs the valve up some people just have it cleaned, but removing it is the best way. especially if you want to do any mods to truck
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