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Old 04-04-2012, 08:10 AM
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6.0L inspection

I'm heading out this weekend to check out an '03 F-350 4x4 DRW CC with a bit less than 50k miles on it. It has a 6.0 because it's a late build, has a "new" turbo (25k ago) and a new exhaust. There are no gauges, tuners, exhaust smoke, etc. It's a private seller. Are there any on-the-spot diagnostics I can do to ensure this motor's not about to self-destruct? Should I take it to a Ford dealer? What do I need to check out to raise my confidence level about this engine (beside the exceptionally low mileage)?

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:24 AM
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If you have the opertunity to take it to the dealer pay the money to have them hook it up to the IDS system and test the pressure in the cylinder heads and check the delta between the ECT and EOT. Also run a EGR test and an injector test. If the dealer has a good diesel tech he'll know what to check and will be able to give you some imput.

If you have a scanguage II hook it up and you can check the EOT and ECT yourself. If the dealta is more than 10 or 15 degrees while crusing at 65mph your oil cooler is clogged and your EGR cooler will soon fail and could cause a head gasket failure if not taken care of.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:13 AM
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Thanks for the help. Can the Auto Enginuity system figure this out? I'll be looking at the vehicle on a Sunday and won't be able to get a shop to do it for me.
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well im gonna ask is it a older or younger person that your buying the truck off of that dose make a diffrence as to how the truck was taken care of if it was a older person i say you should be good since your getting or looking at the truck on sunday yeah that dont allow you any way of getting it looked at so honestly id take the chance regaurdless your gonna end up studding it and doing a egr delete only issure i have with it is that truck has been sitting alot and the seals and gaskets on that truck could be shot thats the only thing that would bother me
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:23 PM
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I believe it's a older guy (professor type) that used it to tow around his Jag show-car. Any particular warning signs/indications (visual/aural/AE) that would clue me in to reject this vehicle/engine (besides the EOC/ECT delta)?
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Puking coolant around the degas bottle...

Any type of smoke out of exhuast...

White - coolant
Black - fuel
Blue - oil





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Old 04-06-2012, 01:45 PM
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Here's what I'm planning so far:

1 - Check for EGR Delete (I think it still has it)
2 - Check for studs/bolts (I think it has bolts)
3 - ECT/EOT Delta (with AE)
4 - Fluids Condition (Not dirty/gunked)
5 - Ball Joint/Shocks/etc. Condition (clunks/clicks/etc.)
6 - Obvious Leaks Under the Hood
7 - Any leaks form the Degas (on the degas or driver's leaf spring)
8 - Visual condition of turbo boots and cac boots
9 - Feel for slipping during shift/load

Anything I'm missing that would be important enough to reject the truck?
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:56 AM
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FICM voltage would be a good item to check as well. Should be at 48v.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:11 AM
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Good catch. It's on my paper list, but forgot to add it here.
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Maybe try to get an OASIS report
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