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Old 04-23-2011, 07:07 AM
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New to the forum with a few questions

Hey guys just wanted to stop in and say hello. JD out of California.

Just purchased a 2006 F250 Diesel CC. Clean Oasis report and Carfax. One owner with 129k on the odometer. All services done at local Ford dealer. In and out truck looks extremely well maintained.

Been checking out the forum a bit and had a few questions. I'm all about reliability, for me the truck has plenty of power for my needs.

Because of the recent purchase cash will be tight for the next couple months. So, I was wondering where you guys would suggest I start with lowest cost first.

In other words, where should I start or what can I do that is relatively low cost but needed.

I know about the EGR cooler, but it may take a couple months to do. Is there anyway to tell if it needs my immediate attention? Any warning signs?

Should I be changing the coolant?

Is Amsoil 15-40 the suggested oil?

Any transmission needs?
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:02 PM
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Come on guys this is my first diesel and I picked Ford so how about some brotherly love.

There's a lot of acronyms and terminology to learn. I just need the quick and dirty version.

What I need to do starting from the cheapest fixes that I can afford today up to the more expensive fixes I need to start saving for tomorrow.

How about it? Who's gonna step and help me out?

I knew I shouldn't have mentioned I was from California...

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Come on guys this is my first diesel and I picked Ford so how about some brotherly love.

There's a lot of acronyms and terminology to learn. I just need the quick and dirty version.

What I need to do starting from the cheapest fixes that I can afford today up to the more expensive fixes I need to start saving for tomorrow.

How about it? Who's gonna step and help me out?

I knew I shouldn't have mentioned I was from California...
Get a gallon jug of Restore and Restore Plus to get that crap Ford coolant out. Next get a monitor to watch your temps. The temps will tell you about your oil cooler and EGR status. Seems most people on here like the Edge Insight for a monitor... That should be your starting point.
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:46 PM
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For starters, your gonna need to check the delta between the Engine Oil Temp (EOT) and Engine Coolant Temp (ECT) if the you get more than 15* delta when the motor is fully warmed up (190*) while cruising at hy-way speed then your oil cooler needs attention. The cheapest route would be to get a hold of someone's scan tool that can read those temps. A ScangaugeII will run you about $160 and can monitor those temps and more.

Read this link for a good starting point on 6.0 issues.
Things to consider about owning a 6.0L

As far as a quick reply, things around here get slow on the week-ends. The best thing to do is read,and read somemore. The more you read the more you'll understand the issues and myths.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:29 PM
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Thanks for the reply you guys. I was feeling a bit lonely there for a second.

Woodsracer - I'll check out the Restore stuff

Lilpooh- thanks for the link. I'm gonna print that sucker out and go from there.

The guy who owned this truck was pretty anal about service and so on. How could I tell if he already changed the EGR cooler to like a Bullet Proof one? Is there a noticeable difference or any markings that would indicate a change?

The truck has 130k on it. The OASIS report was clean. I just don't want to do anything that has already been done.

I'm sure he had access to this site and may have made some changes.
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Monitor your temps. Get a set of gauges like the edge insight or the newer edges. I have the chepo old edge insight and it gives me everything I could ever want (well save for FICM volts). If you determine everything is fine, simply swap out your coolant.

If you really want to do things right, get a coolant filter and ditch your EGR cooler!
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:04 AM
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Get a fuel pressure gauge and sender relocate hose. The truck I just got was very similar to yours. Well maintained and excellent condition with 124K kilometers(77k miles) I checked fuel pressure and it was barely 50PSI and dropped to well under 45 with mild acceleration. Less than 45 PSI and you risk damage to your injectors.
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