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6.0L Surges at highway speed then died....
2004 F-250 Extended Cab 6.0L Turbo Diesel
First time posting and first time diesel owner. I have done just about everything on a gas engine, but, never on a diesel.
Bought this truck with 230K on it. Seems to run great, lots of power. Anyway, I was driving stop and go about 15 miles and then hit the highway. About 20 miles on the highway, it seemed to studder and surge, never died and never really lost too much power. I was able to keep it around 60MPH. When I went to get off the exit and pay the toll, it died, I was able to pull over. I tried to restart and no go. Finally killed the batteries so I had it towed to a friends shop. They are heavy duty International and I did not realize they don't work on Fords. One of the mechanics took a look at it, charged up the batteries and it started right up. They took it around drove it a bit and it seems to run good. They did say the oil looked a little above full, which could indicate fuel leaking into oil via head gasket.
I did not press them too much since they did me a favor. This is my second vehicle so I am not pressed for time and figured I would try and troubleshoot myself.
1)Any ideas what this could be?
2)Anyone ever had this issue and found it was the head gasket? I have done the head gasket on a 2004 Honda Accord (4 cylinder). Are head gaskets on the diesels similar in scope?
Thanks for any assistance.