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The first time I took my '04 6.0 to the dealer to find out why it was loosing power and belching blue/white smoke, they put it on the scanner and said it was "probably" the EGR and oil cooler. Okay, it was warranted, so they replaced it. Next time, it was out of warranty and giving me the same symptoms. So I paid to have it scanned and was told that it may be this and it may be that. Okay, so I by-passed Ford and the EGR cooler and added a delete kit. Now I'm having a different problem (see my post under "no power?") and when I took it to a different shop, and had it scanned I was told that it could be five or six different things. The only definitive answer that I got from the tech was that the #1 and #7 injectors were showing "problems". What those problems are, I wasn't told.

The one thing I've learned from lurking in this forum for over a year now is that if you go into a 6.0L blind and just start changing things, you're opening a Pandora's Box of problems.

Does anyone out there really know how to figure out what the problem is with one of these engines (other than it is an engineering nightmare) and is there any way to actually fix one for less than the cost of a new engine?

HELP!
 

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It would probably help to know your mileage.

What I've seen so far - some of these motors have all kinds of problems. Others, are relatively problem free.
 

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The first time I took my '04 6.0 to the dealer to find out why it was loosing power and belching blue/white smoke, they put it on the scanner and said it was "probably" the EGR and oil cooler. Okay, it was warranted, so they replaced it. Next time, it was out of warranty and giving me the same symptoms. So I paid to have it scanned and was told that it may be this and it may be that. Okay, so I by-passed Ford and the EGR cooler and added a delete kit. Now I'm having a different problem (see my post under "no power?") and when I took it to a different shop, and had it scanned I was told that it could be five or six different things. The only definitive answer that I got from the tech was that the #1 and #7 injectors were showing "problems". What those problems are, I wasn't told.

The one thing I've learned from lurking in this forum for over a year now is that if you go into a 6.0L blind and just start changing things, you're opening a Pandora's Box of problems




Does anyone out there really know how to figure out what the problem is with one of these engines (other than it is an engineering nightmare) and is there any way to actually fix one for less than the cost of a new engine?

HELP!

Yes, there are many 6.0 experts out here. some of the best work for ambulance and fire protection fleets, these things gotta roll, or people die. there are Ford certified diesel tech's at dealerships, and many in the aftermarket, who ya think keeps em on the road, LOL!
 

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Thanks

My 04 currently has 126K on it. I'm not at all bashing the techies I've seen on this forum. I've found most to be very knowledgeable and informative. I'm not even bashing some of the ones I've dealt with at the dealer. I would just like to have a slightly less vague answer once in a while. The last mechanic I spoke to, which was a 19 year old "expert", told me point blank that it could be five or six different things causing the same problem (this was after the scan) and that I'd be better off just selling the truck or junking it. Since I can do neither without ruining my credit, fixing it has to be an option.

Are there any techs on here who can help me at least narrow down my problem or point me in the right direction of where to begin?
 

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My 04 currently has 126K on it. I'm not at all bashing the techies I've seen on this forum. I've found most to be very knowledgeable and informative. I'm not even bashing some of the ones I've dealt with at the dealer. I would just like to have a slightly less vague answer once in a while. The last mechanic I spoke to, which was a 19 year old "expert", told me point blank that it could be five or six different things causing the same problem (this was after the scan) and that I'd be better off just selling the truck or junking it. Since I can do neither without ruining my credit, fixing it has to be an option.

Are there any techs on here who can help me at least narrow down my problem or point me in the right direction of where to begin?

Do you have access to at least an enhanced scan tool? you really need IDS to properly diagnose the 6.0 because in the course of diagnostics, it will be necessary to have bi-directional control of PCM and other controller outputs. but give me the codes and I'll do my best to help answer some of your questions

Please understand that scanning for codes is just the start of diagnostics, there are some very specific test's which must be performed in order to determine the root cause of the DTC. some of these test require some serious tearing on the 6.0, and can run up a repair bill rather quickly.

The good news is that the 6.0 can be made to be very reliable with a few upgrades and some sound preventative maintenence on your part.

Codes, symtoms?:)
 

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I missed the 19 year old "expert" comment. I used to be a 19 year old expert myself, that was great! thanks for the laugh!, hehehehehehe!
 
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