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Old 10-07-2013, 04:49 PM
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grease around turbo?

I am looking at a 06 f350 with 119k on it with the 6.0. I am not a novice to cars/trucks by any means but am not skilled on what to look for on these diesels. One thing I knew to look at was whether the turbo was leaking oil or not, it does not appear to leak HOWEVER around the turbo toward the front it appears to have black "grime" on it like a thin coating kind of like what most engines get over time--one of my buddies says that the turbo should be as clean as the alternator as nothing should be coming out or on it and if their is it means it is starting to leak/go bad. The other buddy of mine said since exhaust is going directly through ther of course it is going to have some grime on it...Just looking for some opinion before I buy.
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Is the blue boot that connects the turbo to the intercooler tube oily looking also? How about the one that goes into the intake elbow?
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Probably just cooked oil mixed with a little dirt. More than likely from the the intake and charged air tubes. It comes from the crank case vent system which commonly puts a little oil into the intake system.
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The blue tube did look a bit greasy
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What you're seeing is normal. It's due to the CCV running through the turbo.
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Justin... if that truck hasn't been bulletproofed, be ready to put a ton of time and money into it. I bought one similar to what you're looking at, and every time I turn around, it's something else. It averages $300 a pop.... and that's if I'm lucky. I'm a totally disabled vet and didn't know I was getting into a money pit. You better have a good income to support this thing.... just sayin.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:11 AM
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It has not been bulletproofed, i have heard some say either you get a good one or a bad one w the 6.0. Certainly not trying to buy a money pit. Totally up in the air as to whether i buy or not now.
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If you do your research and have a monitor to check things over before buying a 6.0 you can choose a good one. If you just go out money in hand, you might get burned!
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Justin, you're better armed with knowledge now... just contact a local reputable diesel garage and see how much a bulletproof costs, and go from there.... it's probably around $6500. Maybe you can get the truck at a price that will let you do that. If it's for sale by a private owner, then he probably already knows about this, and he'll be more willing to get out of it and give you a better deal. THEN... you'd have a great truck.
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