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'05 Excursion - Blowing turbo boot
We recently had issues with the boot blowing off the turbo intercooler. We were towing a medium weight travel trailer out to Yellowstone. Virtually every time we tried to climb a hill at freeway speeds, the transmission would down-sift and the boot would blow. The first time it happened it scared the ‘you know what’ out of me and the wife. We had no idea what happened or what to do about it. We figured it out and got it bolted back on. However, through the course of the trip we spent many hours along side the freeway and ended up at three different Ford dealerships. The first two removed the boot, cleaned it up, bolted it back together and said everything looked good and it should not happen again. I insisted the third dealership (stopped at on the way home) replace the boot entirely. This seemed to address the problem, as the boot did not blow the rest of the way home. In hindsight, I wish I would have done that the first time. It would have made the trip home much less stressful.
I took the truck to our hometown dealer when we got back. They disassembled the turbo to make sure nothing was going on that would cause an over-boost and said everything looked fine. They also replaced the boot yet again and got me an extra new one to carry in the truck just in case.
While it hasn’t blown since, we’ve lost confidence in the vehicle and cringe every time we hit a hill. Is this a common problem? Can anyone give us some reassurance that this won’t happen every time we go on a medium to long road trip?