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Old 05-04-2014, 06:04 AM
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I just joined this morning. I have a 2005 F-250 Crew Cab, 6.0 Power Stroke, short bed, 2 wheel drive truck that I bought brand new in Dec. 2004. It only has 65K miles on it. I have been trouble free until a week ago when the Injector control module failed. Towing my boat home yesterday it boiled some coolant over but did not show overheating on the gauge but I could tell the fan was really pulling some air occasionally on a not so hot day. That is how I discovered this forum. I was searching for the best coolant to use. I have always changed the oil & filter as well as fuel filters often and kept the trans maintained, but I am ashamed to say I have let the coolant go. So I am starting to do all of the recommended 6.0 mods and I hope I did not wait too late! Thanks for being here.

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Old 05-04-2014, 06:39 AM
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Welcome to the site! Don't be ashamed that's just sadly part of the game of owning the 6.0. The 6.0 can and is a great motor it just takes some know how and some $ to get it their.
As you have found out the gauges on out trucks are a joke. I run the Edge CTS monitor that has up to 8 different readings/settings (gauges going) at one time. Last summer while towing the camper I got to watching the reaction time of the OEM gauge compared to the Edge while pulling mountain pass's. Well the oem/dash gauge was next to useless.
So IMO the first thing to look for is a monitor of some type. Like I said I run the Edge CTS. For me it's a great set up. It pulls up any trouble codes and will clear them for me. I will hook up to a back up camera. It will run a EGT sensor so now I have a turbo timer so I don't cook the turbo shutting it down too soon ($$$$$). It will remind me when to change the oil...all sorts of stuff.
Their is also the scanguage II that is cheaper but does get the job done. You can check these out at Bullet Proof Diesel.com (and others but BPD has theirs pre-programmed).
And their is even a monitor that runs on your cell phone for super cheap. ( Ive never seen one of these so Ill leave that for someone else to comment on).
But these monitors will pay you back for sure. I know mine has.
Until you do get your monitor I would suggest that you get a new degass bottle (radiator) cap. Ya no joke. They are known to fail. They are cheap and maybe you might get lucky...???
Good luck and feel free to PM me with any questions.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:41 PM
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I will be getting something soon to monitor things. The coolant I drained today looked nice and clean but of course I could not get my hands on any Restore products on a Sunday so I will be flushing later this week.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:56 PM
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Restore arrived today

My Restore and Restore Plus arrived today. Going to pick up some Caterpillar ELC CAT EC-1 at the local Caterpillar dealer tomorrow. They only had 50/50 in stock today so they ordered some concentrate for me.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:43 PM
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Welcome to the site! Don't be ashamed that's just sadly part of the game of owning the 6.0. The 6.0 can and is a great motor it just takes some know how and some $ to get it their.
As you have found out the gauges on out trucks are a joke. I run the Edge CTS monitor that has up to 8 different readings/settings (gauges going) at one time. Last summer while towing the camper I got to watching the reaction time of the OEM gauge compared to the Edge while pulling mountain pass's. Well the oem/dash gauge was next to useless.
So IMO the first thing to look for is a monitor of some type. Like I said I run the Edge CTS. For me it's a great set up. It pulls up any trouble codes and will clear them for me. I will hook up to a back up camera. It will run a EGT sensor so now I have a turbo timer so I don't cook the turbo shutting it down too soon ($$$$$). It will remind me when to change the oil...all sorts of stuff.
Well, I did my homework and went with the Edge CTS. I got the pyrometer probe add-on, the 0-100 PSI sensor for fuel pressure and got an ambient temp probe for watching outside temps. I also got the dash pod and adapter. I did not need a backup camera as I installed one of those about a year ago along with a nice Pioneer DVD player. If I had known about the CTS then, I could have saved some money, but I enjoy being able to play my iPod through the DVD player. I installed the Edge CTS and all of the add-ons this past W-E. These things are great. But, it is telling me I need an engine oil cooler and need to make the EGR cooler decision soon. I also have seen the fuel pressure drop below 45 PSI once so far. I also will install a "Blue Spring" soon as well.
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