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Old 12-17-2008, 04:12 PM
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'03 f350 rebuild?

OK I'm new to this, posted yesterday in the general area, no response. I'll try again. We have an '03 f350 that we drove to the east coast(from CA). A week after we got here it started running hot. Took it in to the local dealer who told us that the deisels don't do well on the open road!??? When driven for a length of time, the turbo burns through the cooling tubes, backfeeding 25 pounds of turbo pressure into the cooling system, blowing it all to H***. Then you shut it off and the water backfeeds into the cylinders, blowing the head gaskets, and worse.

Short story, I was told I was lucky, it only cost me $7500.00 to replace cooling system (radiator, turbo cooler, waterpump etc), and replace headgaskets. It could have blown the motor---$13,000 repair. This truck has 70,000 only miles on it! First question, is this common??? Second question, now that we are on the east coast, how the heck do we get home with this ...... thing? Ford Quality??!! After 11 ford trucks, not again! They need a bailout allright.
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:26 PM
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As soon as they told you diesels don't do well on the open road I would have walked out
Sounds to me like they fed you a bunch of BS and bent you over.
Is this the 6.0 or 7.3??
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From what I know this is not a very common problem. Sounds like you got a bad apple. Sorry to hear about that, other will be chiming in, with more info im sure..
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ask them what about semis
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As soon as they told you diesels don't do well on the open road I would have walked out
Sounds to me like they fed you a bunch of BS and bent you over.
Is this the 6.0 or 7.3??
I agree,

you paid $7500 to have your truck fixed? Since your under 100K it should have been under warranty
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:29 PM
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This is an early 6.0... I called my service manager in CA and he told me pretty much the same thing....The 6.0's are burning through the cooling system.
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Not under warranty, over 60 months
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:30 PM
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What motor?? 6.0 or 7.3 I drive mine on the open road all the time haulin trailers. I drive over 100k a year,havent had that type of problem on 2 different 6.0. I call bs by whoever stuck it to you. im sorry to hear about your problem. im shure someone more knowledgeable will chime in shortly
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wow diesels arnt good on the open road? i better trade mine in
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It might still be under warranty depending on the sale date. Either way, who ever told you diesels don't do well on the "open" road is on crack. I see you posted it in the 6.0 files so im assuming its a 6.0. With that in mind, it is probably head gaskets. My bro's 04 overheated when his went out. Its not a ford problem, but an international problem so don't blame ford for the HG's. It could be the egr cooler, but those normally blow coolant out the tailpipe. I would find a GOOD diesel mechanic where you are and have them look at the engine.
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