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Old 11-28-2010, 07:53 AM
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Help, I needto know if a tool is needed to remove the glow plugs

2004 powerstroke 6.0, Problem. Steam out the exhaust, no warm temp from heater in cab, Tempt went to hot, Then possible water in the cylinder. Could this all be beacause of a bad ERG cooler, if so, How do I get the water out of the cylinder? I assume by removing the glow plugs. I can get to the glow plugs, but , I am not sure how to remove these. Please help out.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:11 AM
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I dont remember the actual size of the socket but you need a deep thin wall socket
I don't think removing the GPs is really gonna get you anywhere though. what does the exhaust smell like?
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smells like radiator...lol
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Just like atvrider93 said, removing the GP isn't gonna help you much. It will all depend on how bad the cooler is leaking. If it's a minor leak then the coolant is being burned off as you drive. Is it's a bad leak you take a chance of filling up a cylinder and causing a hydro-lock.

Your gonna need to park the truck so the nose is lower than the rear, might have to jack up and support the rear. Let motor cool down, remove the EGR valve and look in the intake manifold for wetness/coolant. Is you find coolant inside the intake manifold or EGR valve then it's a good chance the EGR cooler has failed. At this point you can only hope that you caught it in time where you didn't cause your head bolts to stretch and have your headgaskets fail.

One of the main causes of the EGR cooler to fail is due to a blocked up oil cooler. The oil cooler also has coolant passages that pass thru it before the coolant reaches the EGR cooler. When these very small coolant passages in the oil cooler gets blocked up with casting sand and or coolant silicate drop out, it prevents the coolant from reaching the EGR cooler. Since the EGR cooler is no longer getting the coolant it needs, it will crack internally.


So far you listed steam out of the exhaust, and no heat. Is the degas bottle Puking? You can use the search button on this site for "Puking" and read up on what to do,how to repair, and how to test.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:19 AM
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It helps to have the tool to pull the plug in off the glow plug, but u need a deep 10mm socket and a magnet is really helpful!!
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:17 PM
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It takes a 10mm socket, a small 1 inch extension helps, also a magnet to remove plug once it is loose will reduce your frustration. Although I know I am going to hear a bunch of crap over this, but I have cleared out over 50+ hydrolocked 6.0l motors by turning them over gently with the starter. I have never once bent a rod, you just need to be slow with it. Replace/delete your egr cooler and replace the oil cooler kit with new.
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Here is a picture of the tool ford uses to remove the plastic connectors for the glow plugs. I made one out of some 16 gauge sheet metal. The plastic becomes brittle and can be a pain to remove. Others use wire wrapped around the connector to remove.

Rotunda 303-1114 Release Tool, Glow Plug Connector 6.0 Diesel | Hard to Find Automotive Specialty Tools
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