Well, I have a 2004 F-250 (2003 Engine, at least that is what the emissions sticker on the top says) that I purchased new. Currently has 82,500 miles. I use it to tow a pop up camper. OK, it's a big pop up camper, just shy of 4,000 lbs fully loaded. Looking at upgrading to a trailer that clocks in at 9,000 loaded so I thought it was time to look at the truck closer. Just purchased an Edge Insight to get an idea of what was going on under the hood.
Here is what has been done to it:
8,500 miles towed in, replaced FICM
16,050 miles Oil leak at bell housing, no repair as they said it was residue from HPOP cover breather
19,639 miles Replace rear main seal, replace EGR assembly
21,945 replace EGR assembly
27,335 miles Replace Y pipe, Clean EGR, replace ICP sensor assembly
36,288 Trans fluid/filter change
46,969 Miles Replace Turbocharger (remanufacturered)
80,000 miles replaced both batteries
More flashes than I can count
There is still oil on the bell housing. Starts easily, no observed rough running.
Oil change every 5,000 miles (usually Shell Rotella, always Motocraft or International Filters)
Fuel Filter every 10,000 miles (always International Filters)
I took them at their word for 100,000 mile coolant changes and have not done anything with it to date. OK, my bad....
At 82,000 miles the filter minder had never moved, so I gave up and changed the air filter
Baseline numbers from first drive with Insight:
Engine Coolant Temp 192
Engine Oil Temp 205
FICM Voltage 47.0 – 48.0 (one drop to 46.5 during stop & go traffic)
Transmission Temp 190
Turbo Boost WOT got it to 21, speed & traffic got me to back it down
EOT/ECT number were at temperature, 60 - 65 MPH on highway for about 5 minutes.
Plan moving forward:
Coolant flush with Restore and VC-9. Refill with Zerex ELC
Have a new thermostat to replace during flush
Transmission drain/fill with new external filter.
Remove, inspect, clean & replace EGR
What else should I be looking at as I move forward?
Thanks for any help
Ok first things first. Good job on getting yourself a monitor for your truck. That said your looking at doing an oil cooler rebuild in the near future. If your going to do a chemical flush then not long afterwards your going to HAVE to rebuild your oil cooler. Because it will clog eventually after a chemical flush.
Second get a good coolant filter kit as already stated the ipr kit is the best out there.
Third being that your going with zerex elc coolant you need to make sure you get the fully formulated not the 50/50 premix part number at napa is zxed-1.
Depending on where you live I would either delete the egr system or bulletproof it with a bulletproof egr cooler.
If your going that far into the motor and haven't experienced head gasket problems I would strongly recommend doing arp studs one at a time but only if you verify 100% that the head gaskets have not been compromised.
Doing the oil cooler swap would be a great time to switch to a full synthetic oil your 6.0 will thank you later with smoother quieter running and better cold starts. Stick with the ford or international oil and fuel filters though. ( good job with that most people will use cheaper filters and compromise the engine doing so )
You don't have to stud the truck but it would be just as good a time as any doing it now one at a time so you don't have to remove the heads and what not if your gaskets aren't blown. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
Also if you decide to go with an egr delete kit the best one out is iprs kit as well. It's a little more money than the others but it is the best out there for a delete.