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Got a 2005 6.0 PSD and now a bunch of questions to go with it?

Well this is my 2nd post so here goes. I just bought a 2005 F250 SD crew cab, with a 6.0 PSD. The truck has 60K on the motor and it looks like the average miles/hr on the clock is 48, miles/engine hours. I talked to the original owner and it spent about 30K miles pulling a 5th wheel and the rest commuting. I plan on using Rotella T6 10w30 every 3000 miles or 6 months and flushing the gold coolant ASAP! I replaced both fuel filters. The truck runs great, the transfluid was just flushed and 2 new batteries were installed. I plan on running straight pipe out the back and maybe a cooler delete and no other mods ( no tuner ) . I cleaned the egr and found no signs of cooler leakage. I reinstalled the egr valve and left it disconnected.( no check engine light) The differential between the oil and coolant temp is 6 deg so I guess the oil cooler is OK? (ray-tec temp gun) I am running power service fuel conditioner every tank. So far I love this truck!!! I plan on pulling a 4000 LB bumper pull camper 8 times a year and some small hauling etc.. other wise I will be driving it 10 miles a day round trip.

Now I am getting afraid of all the horror stories I hear about cooler failure and head gasket problems, FICM issues etc.. What is the best oil to prevent injector stichtion?
Do I need to do a cooler delete? Can you really do an EGR cooler delete without pulling the intake? What is this CAT ELC coolant and were can I get it? Do I need to be concerned about my short trip to work everyday as far as the oil goes? How long can I idle before wet stacking is a concern? How many mile will a 6.0 and the automatic transmission last if properly cared for? What are the basics to make this a very reliable truck? I bought it so I could see this country and I don’t want my truck/camper to be on a hook. So that’s should cover all the NOOB questions until camping season arrives. My Silverado 1500 just wouldn’t pull the camper very well at all. HELLO PSD!!!
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I'd hate to be "that" guy but that is alot of question marks that can be answered with a quick search. All of those quesitons have been asked over and over. There are a few things that I can throw in. If you're checking your temp differences with a temp gun that is a bit of a scewed way of doing it. You should check your temp diff. while driving, preferably towing. Ford's new flash throws a wrench light if the diff. exceeds 15 degrees. If you have more than that you should replace your oil cooler, are you somewhat handy with a wrench? Most head gasket failures are caused by heavy tunes, blown EGR coolers (caused by clogged oil coolers), and/or a sticking overboosting turbo. If you keep these from happening you're off to a good start on keeping your headgaskets in check. You have alot of reading to do about others with the same concerns. To give you a quick bit of relief so you can sleep tonight, the 6.0 is a fantastic engine. You'll find that is the overwhelming majority of the opinion around here. I wouldn't entertain a cummins swap for a second on my truck. The 6.0 is there to stay.

One biggie on your model year truck, if you still have the original snap-to-connect fitting on the high pressure oil pump fitting you should look into replacing that with the newer one-piece part asap. This is one thing that WILL leave you on the side of the road if it blows apart. I wouldn't put off any trips over it but I would put it near the top of your list.
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