According to my wishy-washy service adviser, Ford has authorized a long block replacement which has been ordered, and should arrive Thursday.
When I asked him what happened to the motor, he referenced the recent injector clip replacement, and said "when the injector blew out it bent something." Now, I find this hard to believe for many reasons - namely the fact that immediately after the injector clips were replaced - and I mean IMMEDIATELY - I drove the truck 800 miles from MA to NC towing a small trailer with no problems at all, and then came back another 800 miles. It wasn't until the last 100 miles of the trip that it let go. Keep in mind that all 8 injectors are perfectly fine in that video link above. There is no smell of diesel, and no compression sound like there was when the injector came out two weeks earlier. Only oil all over the place.
Maybe I am crazy - but tell me what about an injector coming out of the head would eventually (1500 mile later) lead to what sounds like a broken rod, piston, valve? Broken enough to send something through the block and spew oil.
The other thing I don't get - a lot of us here are gear heads - at least to an extent. A guy like me wants to know a little bit more than the average person when it comes to things like this. I know the tech isn't making any money if he's on the phone explaining to me what happened, but it would certainly be nice to chat with him quick and get some answers.
Honestly, the more I think about it, I am not even sure the tech knows. It sounded to me like they took a look, told the Ford rep what it sounded like, and that there was oil leaking, and Ford said yep, order a long block. And instead of the tech tearing down the motor, he just pulls and replaces and someone else figures out what happened.
Someone at Ford wants to know what happened right? I know they keep this stuff hush hush, but I wanna talk to the guy who knows what happened to it. It EATS me not to know. Maybe I will be lucky and one of you guys was the tech working on it
Anyone know what the process is for things like this? Does a regional tech/engineer come out and take a look? Or does this motor just head back to the scrap bench to be rebuilt without any analysis? Also, maybe someone can tell me if I am getting a re-manufactured motor, or a new one.
This is a motor that was perfectly maintained from the start, never driven over 75 mph for more than a minute, and never towed more than a few thousand pounds every once in a blue moon.
Ok, end of rant. Will update as I have new info.
Oh - the adviser claims I don't get a rental car unless I have ESP. I call BS. He's escalating it to someone to try and get me a rental.