First let me start off by saying that joining this forum was the best money spent in a very long time! Everyone on here has been very informative and the amount of knowledge out there just blows me away!! THANK YOU ALL!
I need some help, I feel there may be a serious issue with my wonderful 6.0..
I purchased this truck pretty much as is with 40K miles on it, and it's been GREAT! It pulls my tractors without even a second thought. For about the last 6 months I've been consuming coolant, and even blowing coolant out of the degas bottle when pulling loads. Well, I received some bad info and was told that the cap on the degas bottle was bad and needed to be replaced. I chose to ignore what I thought was a minor issue. Just recently I started blowing a substantial amount of white steam, and drove the truck about 3 more times (only to take the kiddos to school and back) before the engine became hydro-locked.
So I joined this forum and my head began to spin as I learned what I had to look forward to with this engine. I ordered an EGR delete kit off of EBAY, an oil cooler replacement kit, a turbo rebuild kit, and intake gaskets from the Ford dealership.
Even though this repair is pretty straight forward and can more than likely be done by this novice mechanic, I just want to start by saying I'm just a step above the novice. Not claiming to be a auto/diesel doctor of any type, just want to give a little background on the idiot behind the wrench here.... Certifed auto and diesel tech with a degree from UTI in auto and diesel technology.
Let me follow that up by saying, I'm STUMPED here!
I performed the work to clear the hydro-lock, deleted the EGR cooler, cleaned everything, reassembled and performed the cooling system flush, tore it back down and replaced the oil cooler. Once everthing was built back up I fired her up and went for a test drive. It felt GREAT on the surface roads, and I was feeling good. Then I hit the freeway.....
I barely got up to 55 MPH and went to swith into the center lane when I heard a load BANG from under the hood. I lost power. I had enough to get home, just couldn't really accelerate very much. Boost gauge was still measuring. I think this is a good place to stop boring you with all this jibberish and just attach some pictures of what I found when I got home and popped the hood.
Can anyone tell me what in the world happened? I'm super stressed and worried here. Thanks in advance for any help and insight.