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I have a 04 -E350 van with a 6.0 . I got it new and haven't had to much trouble with it but it has had a easy life . I also have a 06 550 and have had tons of trouble with it . EGR 3 times , blew the head gasket and washed the engine . Now I want to know PLEASE how do I know if the motor is still good in the
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Get a monitor is always numero uno

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Please remember I'm new at this so where do I get one and what do I want ?
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Look for the edge Insight CS or CTS, with a pyrometer it will monitor everything you need to watch. They're in the $300 range, for a bit cheaper you can get the Scan Gauge II, which I believe can be found for around $200. Contact any of the vendors on the sight and they can help you.


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A monitor solution will be your best investment. Knowing what is happening with your motor temps/psi/volts will give you a heads up to prevent expensive repairs.

You have choices here, the Edge Insight CS/CTS with expandable cable will allow you to monitor the motor thru the OBDII, the expandable cable will let you add sensors like EGT and Fuel psi to be read on the monitor.

The ScangaugeII will monitor thru the OBDII ports, but has no external input for EGT and Fuel psi, so you will need separate analog gauges for EGT and fuel psi.

If you have a Android smart phone, then you can use the "Torque app" and a OBDII Bluetooth module to monitor the engine, but you will need separate analog gauges for EGT and fuel psi.

If you have a iOS device (iPhone/iTouch/iPad), then you can use DashBoss. It's a OBDII plug in to monitor the engine on the iOS device, and has external plug to add EGT and fuel psi to be viewed right on the iOS device.

When your ECT/EOT delta gets more than 15*, it's a good chance that your oil cooler is getting or has clogged and may cause a chain reaction to cause the EGR cooler to fail and possibly cause headgasket/bolt failure.

Low FICM volts and/or weak batteries can cause damage to the injector.

Low fuel psi, can also destroy injectors.

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