For those of you that have the pleasure of owning a 6.4 Powerstroke have any of you ever experienced a sticky lifter?
It started about a month and a half ago. Brought it to the Ford dealer to hear what they had to say. Service manager comes out and presumes it's a sticky lifter but there is no way of really telling unless you tear the engine down. The service manager recommended to run about a liter of ATF through it at the next oil change...which I did and the noise went away ....until now
Went out to do a call with her this morning get off of the highway and I hear it....tick...TICK....TICK!!!! ALOT worse than it was before. So i pulled over, through it into neutral, and gave it a little shot of throttle and the whole truck started to shimmy . I thought it was gonna blow up right there. I limp it back to the shop and by the time I get back the tick is gone and the truck is running normal again.
Now back when I spoke with the service manager, as I mentioned, there is no way of telling what lifter it may even be unless they start pulling them all out along that bank. Once they do actually find that damaged lifter, at that point, they would be able to tell if the cam was scored and if that were the case it would be cheaper to buy a whole new motor than it would be to replace the lifters and cam
Don't even ask how much a new 6.4 is because it has enough shock value to stop the rotation of the earth and re-start it back up in reverse. Maybe 2012 is when all 6.4's will blow up?
The truck has 175,000kms (108000mi) on it...that's 15000 out of warranty.
Gotta love Frod