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6.0L head gaskets

Hiya im new here and i am panicking......one or both of my head gaskets are leaking...im getting diesel fumes out of my water tank......has anyone heard of, or had dealings with, Steel Seal....their site sounds very impressive and they have assured it it will fix my problem....heres hoping for some good reports.......its on a 2004 6.0L power choke, 176000 miles.. dave
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I would like to be the first to say to Steel Seal. I wouldn't trust that stuff in my engine for anything.

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to be honest, just remember you get what you pay for, and when it comes to these engines, I wouldn't trust that stuff in there

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its on a 2004 6.0L power choke, 176000 miles.. dave
There are a LOT of Ford and Powerstroke Techs on this forum, but I think using words like "power choke" probably won't win you any popularity contest. The Headgaskets usually blow because the head studs have stretched. It is common problem with the 6.0L. ARP makes some GREAT High Performance Studs! Talk to some of the techs on the board, they can probably give you more information.

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I have a strange feeling he sells that crap. he joins and immediately goes to marketing a product and wanting input on it.

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Perhaps i should have introduced myself a little better.....i am a heavy diesel tech myself....i work on power strokes on a daily basis.....i just dont wanna spend the 6k to have a dealer do the job....i have no way of lifting the cab myself to allow me to do the gaskets......as for the comment of "power choke"....it was a phrase i picked up whilst on a powerstroke course run by ford......i do not work for steel seal, i was just seeing if any one had any dealings with them..hope this clears up some of the concerns of this thread......dave
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6k for head studs???? you can get a whole brand new motor for that


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exactly, these comments look like they are made up
if you are a diesel tech, u would know you 'could' do headgaskets without lifting the cab, it is just easier to do it lifting the cab.
and as far as steel seal, what do you do about the damage that possibly has already happened to the motor if there are blown headgaskets. you can get headgaskets done anywhere from $1800-$2500 at most shops. $6k???

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All those products that I've heard dubed as "mechanic in a bottle" may work, for a few thousand k. If it works at all. But when it does go and you take it apart, you're gona have a long day. Personally I wouldn't recommend that crap to anyone that plans on keeping the car past next week.


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have you ever tried doing anything to the engine with the cab on??.....you cant clean the block correctly.....you cant sit the heads on without running the risk of catching the gaskets......and the price i quoted is straight from the local dealer.....trust me if i thought there was another way i would take it..
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