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Old 03-06-2012, 05:39 PM
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Considering 2006 6.0 Purchase

I am considering purchasing a 06 F250 6.0 which approx. 72,XXX miles on it. So I was wondering if you all can help me to answer some questions on what types of things to be on the look out for and what type of maintenance I may be looking at:

- Rumor has it that the front end wheel bearings are only good for about 50K before they need swapping. Any truth to that? This truck is lifted.
- Other front end issues, ball joints etc.
- General rule of thumb for oil changes. I see some people say 3k, some say 5k and some even say 7k.
- I see a lot of issues related to head studs, suggestions to delete the EGR, install a coolant filtration system, etc. etc.
- Other things or suggestions I should look into

I bought a brand new 03 6.0L in 2004, but I only had it for a short time so I never became overly familiar with them. I have done a Carfax on this which looks pretty clean, but unlike some of the other ones I have been researching, the service records do not show up, so I am assuming that it was maintained, but not by a Ford dealer.

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:48 PM
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Welcome to the ORG.

You'll hear this from almost every member of this board.

1.) Get and OASIS report from Ford. This show's what work has been done to the truck by the dealer under warranty. They can be pulled by dealership tech's, maybe a service advisor would be nice enough to help you out. You may or may not see head gasket issues but you may very well see EGR cooler and oil cooler related work done. Being pretty low miles you may not see any of that. If that is the case a replacement oil cooler EGR cooler (or delete) may be in the trucks near future to maintain it's health properly.

2.) Never heard of wheel hubs going out that quick. If I had to put a number on average wheel hub wear I'd say around 150k if it's lifted. Maybe less, maybe more, who knows... I'm at 93k with 37's and I have never replaced any front end parts or feel the need to soon.

3.) I do 5k oil interval's with at least semi-synthetic oil. Run at least Rotella T5 10W30 or, better yet, a full synthetic 5W40 of your choice. The injector's of these engine are happier as the quality (and price) of the oil you buy for it increases. Use only OEM oil filters. Change your fuel filters ever 15k, again use ONLY OEM manufactured filters (Racor/Motorcraft/International.)

4.) At least install a coolant filter and ensure you change your coolant every year or so if you run the stock gold coolant, which I do. The stock oil cooler and EGR cooler are just fine if the coolant is kept fresh and clean (with the filter.)

5.) Read as much as you can on this board. Most of the info on here will keep you out of trouble, even whether it's worth it or not. You'll find a ton of over-achieving info on here but hardly ANY info that will get you in trouble.

5.) Warm the engine up to operating temp before romping on it hard.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:14 PM
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No on the wheel bearings, they shouldn't go bad that soon, infact I can't remember the last one I changed on an 05+ superduty. The balljoints you will have to keep your eye on. They can go bad by 50k depending on how the truck was treated

Oil changes do 5,000 miles or 200 engine hours and no more. The 6.0 hpop pounds the hell out of the oil. If it starts to aerate you'll end up with drivability issues, not exactly common but anything is possible.

Headstuds and EGR deletes are the norm for a 6.0. I don't recommend studs be installed as preventative maintenance unless you plan on a pretty hot tune. it's a pretty costly job. The egr cooler delete on the other hand will take out a big chunk of that unreliable stigma. It's not legal to run one on the road so that decision will have to be made by you.
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Thanks for the info. I have requested an Oasis report through the site here, so we will see if it comes back and I will keep reading. This site appears to be an awesome resource, I was posting in a wakeboard related forum where there are a lot of PS owners, but it was getting too hard to weed through all the BS (buy a Cummins, DMax this, blah, blah) and get the info I am really looking for.
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