No-wrench bulletproofing - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
Powerstroke.org is the premier Diesel Truck Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-23-2012, 10:17 AM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 

Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
No-wrench bulletproofing

This is a newb question. 1st post here.

Just bought an '05 Ex 6.0 with 93k miles and was wanting to do a few things to increase the odds of it going the distance. Will probably dump it when the clock ticks 200-220k. I paid $17,800 for it and it seems to be in great shape.

I was told by a seller that at 150k the head gaskets will need replaced and it's a $3-5k job. This got me to searching various forums. I have completely read thru many multiple threads and have gained a good understanding. But I don't particularly want to spend the money or time necessary to do a full bulletproofing.

Here is what I am considering:

1) Do a good coolant flush with Cummins Restore, Restore Plus, distilled water. Fill with Rotella ELC coolant per instructions here and elsewhere.
2) Replace fuel filters, air filter, radiator cap. Can I put a pet**** on the drain plug on the lower pump housing?
3) Install an SCT-iTSX-4015 programmer "dongle" and monitor using Ipod. Monitor EGT, ECT & EOT for a length of time under various conditions to establish overall engine health.
4) If all is well, get a custom tune to limit the EGR action, improve economy and a little HP. Powerstrokehelp video on Youtube seemed to suggest that the EGR valve cycling could be reduced instead of a EGR-delete kit.

Engine oil cooler, EGR delete and 4" exhaust (dissing the converter) are not without question but I am mainly interested in extending the life of the engine with the best bang for the buck. Is the EGR delete a must, is it a disaster waiting to happen? What percentage of owners who do nothing but regular maintenance have to deal with this? Or can the 3" exhaust just have the cat removed?

ARP head studs, new head gaskets, remote oil cooler, etc. seem to be beyond the risk / reward scenario (spend 2k now, maybe save 3-4k later). Seems like keeping an eye on the vitals while driving can stave off $$$ in repairs.

My problem is, I can do the wrenching but I don't have time as I bought the Ex for the family (wife and 4 kids). Also, sold the wife on the Ex with the idea that it might take $1200 to "bulletproof" the engine based on some optimistic/cursory forum searching I did beforehand.

I know this is a question that's been answered a 1000 times, but I have read many posts and it's becoming overload.

Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

vB.Sponsors