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Old 10-08-2012, 06:00 PM
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Hey, just wanted to introduce myself and tell ya'll about my truck. I'm Eric from Mid-Michigan and I am a proud owner of a early 2004 F-250 SuperDuty. I've had it for about 2 years and have ran into a few bumps in the road, but with 170,xxx miles I think I'm doing alright making my way 'bullet proofing' my truck, slowly of course. Recently married and bought house, therefore everything i do MUST be on a strict budget unless absolutely needed.... says the wife haha. So in short i cant do anything until its broke, lol. Basically to make a long story short, i have done a few injectors as needed, 2 being reconditioned injectors and one new dealer injector. I also had the HPOP replaced while stranded last new years UP north. I installed a sinister EGR delete kit including up pipe, and have been using T6 synthetic oil and Motorcraft filter every 5000. Been replacing fuel filters with OEM filters every 10000 miles. I've also upgraded a few steering/suspension/driveline components along the way.

On to the current issues, which are being taken care of. The truck bucks, shakes, and misses terribly when cold. Also get the magic blue smoke while idling cold. The engine never warms up on cold days, I'm even lucky to see it get up operating temperatures when its 60* out. To take care of these issues, i have a new thermostat, 7 new injectors coming, updated stand pipes/dummy plugs, new ICP and IPR, and the 'blue spring' fuel pressure regulator upgrade kit. I am hoping this will fix my issues. If not, I will have a lot of explaining to do to the wife when she sees that $2200 didn't fix the problems.

Thanks for reading and I would be happy to hear your advice on how you feel I'm doing or if I'm a complete idiot haha.

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:55 PM
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So the only thing I think you are going into left field on is that you do not have things pin pointed. I would probably diag it a bit more before throwing too much money at parts. I would test the following: Coolant pressure, compression, injectors (easy for ford to test, if not spend the money for AutoEnginuity) at a minimum.

EDIT Ford can test it for you for an hour of labor usually, sometimes you have to read between the lines with them since they can be a bit shady at times. I had mine diag'd and they told me a different story each time I asked. First they said it needs all injectors, then they said 3, then they said 2. So just be careful. In my view its best to be able to test everything yourself.
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Welcome, first and foremost you need to consider this.....Write Up: Monitoring the 6.0L PSD.
Sounds like you may have a ficm problem, and failed thermostat. You can google ficm check procedure.

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:02 AM
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So the only thing I think you are going into left field on is that you do not have things pin pointed. I would probably diag it a bit more before throwing too much money at parts. I would test the following: Coolant pressure, compression, injectors (easy for ford to test, if not spend the money for AutoEnginuity) at a minimum.

EDIT Ford can test it for you for an hour of labor usually, sometimes you have to read between the lines with them since they can be a bit shady at times. I had mine diag'd and they told me a different story each time I asked. First they said it needs all injectors, then they said 3, then they said 2. So just be careful. In my view its best to be able to test everything yourself.
Thanks for the information. Last fall/early winter i used REV X in my oil system. It help a lot. I figured it would only be a bandaid for the issues i was having, but i was just trying to buy some time before i had to do injectors/routine maintence. Considering that the oil treatment helped so much, I feel I'm 99% sure i have a few injector problems, and i dont want to continue picking at them replacing one at a time. I would like to get a gauge set, what are you guys using for gauges. I don't want a tuner, but i know some tuners will supply me with most all the info i need.

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:37 AM
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You should test fuel pressure and ficm, if you are having injector failure. To monitor and pull codes, I use edge insight cts, scanguage II is good, and if you are an I phone junkie, the dashboss is good from what I hear.

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Old 10-09-2012, 04:02 AM
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FICM caused my cold start problems, also do not forget the lift pump, and filters my 04 started withsimilar cold start problems and a $30 home FICM repair did the trick for a couple years, I saw low FICM voltage this summer and got a new BPD FICM in preparation for this winter.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:13 AM
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Alright, I will check the FICM while im in there next weekend. Thanks for the info guys, ill look into the insight and scangauge.
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Dealers have been known to get an injector code, or two, or4 and replace them, when a FICM was the real problem.
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Welcome sounds like FICM to me to but my opinion
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If it was FICM, do you think REV-X would have made much of a difference?
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