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Old 11-25-2008, 04:05 AM
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New to Forum/ Just bought a 6.0

Hi all, I just bought a used 2005 F-350 6.0 and I have never owned a diesel before. I have read a lot of posts on here and on the web and I honestly can say that I may be second guessing myself on the decision to by the 6.0.
However, anything mechanical is going to have its problems, right? With that said, what can I do as a new owner to ensure my 6.0 keeps running strong? Like I said, I never had a diesel before so I am going to throw some questions out there to get your guys opinion.

What brand and grade of oil is recommended? (I live in Utah where it can get down to 0 or below on some winter days)

Do I have to worry about adding an additive in the winter time? And if so, what additive?

How often should I change the oil? I see conflicting milage out there.

I just did buy this thing used and unsure of the maintenance done on it by the previous owner. Should I go ahead and replace the fuel filters? Anything else I should change?

What should I be aware of on the turbo?

What else should I be aware of, in general?

Thanks guys, I appreciate it and look forward to being part of this forum.

Jeff
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:25 AM
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Jeff,
Change the filters and fluids ( It cant hurt) then DRIVE it and I mean hard to see how it does. If your still under warranty then leave it alone but if not get rid of the EGR crap. I'm still waiting to get out of my warranty period but otherwise its a great motor. OH congrats on the new truck and welcome
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Welcome to the org Jeff! I have had my 04 6.0 for a while now and absolutley love it. I did have the typical probelms associated with these, head gaskets and EGR cooler replaced back in January under warranty.

Even with the issues I wouldn't trade having bought it for anything. Everyday I get in it and drive it is a pleasure.
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Jeff,
Change the filters and fluids ( It cant hurt) then DRIVE it and I mean hard to see how it does. If your still under warranty then leave it alone but if not get rid of the EGR crap. I'm still waiting to get out of my warranty period but otherwise its a great motor. OH congrats on the new truck and welcome
What is involved with remobving the EGR system? Just plugging up the pipe like I read about in this article?

EGR Up Pipe Delete Homemade
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What brand and grade of oil is recommended? (I live in Utah where it can get down to 0 or below on some winter days)
I use Rotella 5-40 synthetic, we live in the same climate. I really like this oil, the truck sounds healthier when started cold or warm

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Do I have to worry about adding an additive in the winter time? And if so, what additive?
I don't run an addative in my truck, and never have

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How often should I change the oil? I see conflicting milage out there.
I do mine at 5,000 miles. Like 4x4chase said, change both fuel filters, oil and filter, and external tranny filter

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What should I be aware of on the turbo?
Just be sure to drive it at least once a week, and give her some pedal every once in a while to be sure that the vanes stay free

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What else should I be aware of, in general?
Watch your boost levels and EGT's especially if it has a tuner on it.

there are a bunch of good guys and gals on this site
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:50 AM
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Jeff,
Change the filters and fluids ( It cant hurt) then DRIVE it and I mean hard to see how it does. If your still under warranty then leave it alone but if not get rid of the EGR crap. I'm still waiting to get out of my warranty period but otherwise its a great motor. OH congrats on the new truck and welcome
Aren't you worried about passing emissions? I see you still have you cat .

What color is your truck? I'll have to keep my eyes open for your rig
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Thanks for all the info. I have been doing some reading on this site and I do have a few more questions. Please bear with me since I am new to the diesel scene.

2005 F-350 FX4 6.0

1. I am guessing the Degas bottle is what I would call the coolant reservior up on the firewall, drivers side? Right?

2. What transmission do I more than likely have? TorqShift or 4R100 How can I tell?

3. How does becoming a premium member entitle me to a free oasis report?

These are just a few general questions I have right now, I am sure there will be more to follow.

Thanks -Jeff
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1. Yes you are correct

2. Torqshift

3.Pay to be a premium member and then you can get an Oasis report any time. Just go to the Oasis request forum and type in the vin in your post and it will be e-mailed to you.
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Thanks for all the info. I have been doing some reading on this site and I do have a few more questions. Please bear with me since I am new to the diesel scene.

2005 F-350 FX4 6.0

1. I am guessing the Degas bottle is what I would call the coolant reservior up on the firewall, drivers side? Right?

2. What transmission do I more than likely have? TorqShift or 4R100 How can I tell?

3. How does becoming a premium member entitle me to a free oasis report?

These are just a few general questions I have right now, I am sure there will be more to follow.

Thanks -Jeff
All 6.0 PSD's have the Torqueshift, awesome tranny BTW
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